Boston Bruins' Biggest Underachievers so Far in 2013-14

Michael SmithContributor IIINovember 11, 2013

Boston Bruins' Biggest Underachievers so Far in 2013-14

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    Through 17 games, the Boston Bruins are 11-5-1 with 23 points, just one point below the division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.

    So far this season, Reilly Smith and Torey Krug have been the overachievers for Boston. Smith, who was battling for a roster spot during training camp, is fourth on the team with 11 points. Krug, the rookie defenseman, has been a regular on the power play and also has 11 points.

    But not everyone is as hot as those two. Who on the roster has been a disappointment through 17 games? 

    Here are the biggest underachievers so far this season for the Bruins.

     

     Note: All stats obtained from NHL.com

Jordan Caron

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    Jordan Caron's season has been a microcosm of his career: disappointing.

    The 23-year-old first round pick from 2009 hasn't been able to establish himself as a regular on the Bruins in four years, and the trend has continued this season.

    Caron has scored only one goal in nine games this season and has been made a healthy scratch several times by Bruins coach Claude Julien.

    This season was supposed to be the year Caron either made a splash or flamed out in Boston. So far this season, the fire extinguisher has been seen more than water.

Brad Marchand

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    Brad Marchand, through 17 games, has two goals and six assists. He also has a minus-one rating. Not only is he not filling up the score sheet himself, but when he's out there, the B's are also getting scored on just as much as they're scoring.

    The only other Bruin with a worse plus-minus? Jordan Caron.

    Marchand has not been a pest this season like he usually is. In years past, he has been able to get under the skin of his opponent and disrupt their play while providing an ample dose of scoring on his own. Not this year.

    He has three points in his past nine games.

    Last year, he had 36 points in 45 games, or 0.8 points per game. This year, he is scoring at a rate of 0.35 points per game. He's on pace for 29 points.

    It might be time for Marchand to sit in an overhead box at TD Garden for a game or two.

Loui Eriksson

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    Loui Eriksson had a disappointing start to his season before he got a concussion. Let's make that clear.

    He was brought in from the Dallas Stars to replace Tyler Seguin. Through his first eight games, Eriksson had three points (two goals, one assist). Seguin had 10 points in his first eight games, including a four-point game against the Winnipeg Jets.

    Those aren't numbers you want to look at if you're Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. You don't want a blockbuster trade of a young star to backfire on you.

    But the storm that appeared to be brewing is clearing. The sky over Boston is turning a shade of blue and the clouds are fading.

    Eriksson, since returning from injury, has three points in as many games. He's turning things around. That's quite amazing coming off of a serious head injury.

    If Eriksson can stay healthy and keep producing, the trade will be viewed favorably. But after his sluggish start, there was worry. He is a better player than three points in eight games. Recently, he's played like it.