The Bruins' first pick in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (63rd overall), David Krecji, 22, has climbed fast on the Boston depth chart.
Currently the Bruins' third centre behind point-producer Marc Savard and proven youngster Patrice Bergeron, Krejci is quickly making his mark in the NHL. His new linemates, Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, have perfectly clicked together. Through 30 games this season with the Bruins, Krejci has eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points, currently on pace for 79 points. He also ranks 10th in the league with a plus-15 plus/minus differential.
The Sternberk, Czech Republic, native has already surpassed last year's career-best 27 points in 56 games thanks to his plethora of skills. Krejci's strongest assets are his soft hands and smooth puck-handling abilities. He is good on face-offs and possesses good defensive instincts for a second-year player.
Krejci also has a highly accurate wrist shot, and he can make smart, crisp passes to teammates. He isn't afraid of playing in heavy traffic and driving the net.
After playing two years in the QMJHL with Gatineau, where he recorded 144 points in only 117 games, he smoothly made the transition to the AHL with the Providence Bruins, where he notched 74 points in 69 games in 2006-2007. Krejci adjusted very well everywhere he played, and there is no reason he can't continue with the Bruins this season...
Expect big things from Krejci in the next few years, as Bruins coach Claude Julien is not afraid to use him in every situation. Krejci is currently on fire, having notched five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in the past 12 games!