“We have a lot of work to do as an organization, still. We want to become a deeper, more talented team from top to bottom,” said Bruins GM Don Sweeney at his end-of-season press conference in April. “Taking one step forward, in my opinion, is not successful. It’s a good step, but we have work to do in a lot of areas that we want to continue to get better.”
The Bruins have a few holes on their roster as we sit here in early June and there is one fix that might already be taken care of with help coming from inside the organization and there is another hole that most likely will need some sort of trade.
The first hole is a top 6 LW to play alongside center David Krejci and RW David Pastrnak or David Backes and there are a few names Anders Bjork, Jake Debrusk and Frank Vatrano. Bjork will get the first opportunity the highly sought after prospect signed an entry level contract with the Bruins last week. Debrusk looks NHL ready after a strong first year in the AHL but his skill set might be better suited for 3rd line LW. Vatrano who has had plenty of opportunities in his young NHL career so far to take that 2nd line LW spot but hasn’t put it all together yet, He has a rocket of a shot but he doesn’t aim which is a problem because 85% of his shots go right into the goalies chest. If Vatrano could pick corners as easily as him getting his shot off he would be the perfect guy to play alongside playmaker Krejci. With that being said expect the Bruins to look at those three for that hole rather than going to free agency or the trade market.
The 2nd hole is a top 4 LHD to play alongside Charlie McAvoy, Right now the top 4 is Chara and Krug on the left side and McAvoy and Carlo on the right side the problem is Chara is on the last year of his contract and well he is 40 years old he can’t play top defenseman minutes much longer with the amount of speed most teams have these days. The perfect candidate to replace him would be Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, Jonas is just 23 years old and is under contract for the next 4 years at $4.166 million per year a pretty good deal for a top 4 defenseman. Brodin isn’t the type of defenseman to fill up the box score he is very similar to Carlo where both are strong in their defensive zone and can skate the puck up the ice when necessary. The Bruins would be able to pair Brodin and McAvoy together and have Krug with Carlo as the other pair this give both pairs an offensive defenseman and a defensive defenseman which is the ideal situation.
The Wild and the Bruins are perfect trade partners which is why this is a realistic option for the Bruins. At this years trade deadline the Wild went all in trading their 1st round pick for forward Martin Hanzal and now they want to get a first round pick back before the draft, At Don Sweeney’s latest press conference he said they would be more than open to moving their 1st round pick which works well for both sides. Obviously the WIld will want more than pick #18 so the Bruins should also add center Ryan Spooner to the deal who would fit a Wild hole with their lack of depth at center. Im not a trade expert so I am not sure if that would get the deal completed but it’s a good place to start.