Eight men donned the eight-spoked “B” for the majority of a season for the first time in their respective careers in 2013-14. Two of them, power forward Jarome Iginla and backup goaltender Chad Johnson, have since left the Boston Bruins via free agency.
The other six, though, either have a contract with the club or remain a restricted free agent as of Tuesday, August 26. It is safe to assume that at least five, if not all six, will keep brandishing the “B” through at least the start of training camp.
With three defensemen and three top-nine forwards constituting those six, there is little room for obscurity. All of them earned their share of scrutiny upon becoming Boston regulars and can expect more of the same, if not an intensified version of the same, in 2014-15.
It does not matter if they were homegrown rookies now seeking a sophomore surge or external acquisitions who entered a new system sometime in 2013. Those raring to be Bruins staples for a second full season should receive ample minutes with which to confirm their assimilation.
Here is a capsule for all six of those skaters, presented in alphabetical order.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via nhl.com