The Bruins are set to open camp with yearly physicals, and fitness tests. But the one glarring headline that had dictated the Bruins offseason, and was ready to dictate their camp was the David Pastranak contract situation.
Less than a day after it was reported that Pastranak was prepared to holdout of camp if the Bruins could’t get an extension done, it was first reported by TSN that the Bruins and Pastranak had agreed to a six year, $40 million dollar contract.
This was honestly the best case scenaio for the Bruins in a really tough spot. They couldn’t afford to lose another one of their talented young players over a resolvable problem.
After contract negotations dragged on and multiple reports came out saying that Pastranak was looking for upwards of seven million a year. Getting him at a reasonable price of $6.67 million a year is the best case scenario for the Bruins.
Pastranak is coming off a career year last year finishing second on the team in scoring only behind Marchand, with 34 goals and 36 assists. Now that Pastranak has the big contract, he needs to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke.
Another young player that every Bruins fan will be keeping an eye on this year is 19 year old defenseman Charlie McCavoy. The expectations surrounding this kid are astronomically high, and understandably so. After being thrown into the fire during the playoffs last year, McCavoy looked fantastic for a 19 year old kid making his NHL debut in the playoffs.
You’d expect a player making his NHL debut to look nervous or maybe lost. Not with this kid, his transition to the NHL was eye opening, McCavoy finished with 3 assists, and averaged 26:12 minutes on ice per game.
But to expect McCavoy to do that for an entire NHL season with only six games under his belt is ridiculous.
There have been stories out their that McCavoy could average upwards of 24 minutes a night and finish with 40 plus points. Those expectations are just ridiculous and unfair. If McCavoy had a season like that it would be historical.
To put it in perspective, Drew Doughty, arguably the best defenseman in the NHL, finished with 27 points, was a minus 17, and averaged 23:50 TOI. So to expect 40 or 50 points out of Mccavoy is foolish, what I’m expecting to see is some defensive struggles, but signs of growth. McCavoy is going to be a transformative player, just not yet. He needs time to get some experience under his belt.
Rookies to watch this preseason:
Overall there are some roster spots open for rookies this camp. Not just fourth line spots, legit second and third line minutes are open.
DeBrusk is player you want to see go out and take a spot this preseason, he’s been highly touted as having “top six” potential. Heading into his third camp its time to make those expectations a reality.
Cehlarik is a player with some upside, he got a shot in the NHL last year and flashed a little. Although the numbers weren’t great 3 assist, in 11 games, is solid production for a rookie. While with the big club he showed great vision, solid puck handling, and a decent enough shot. He is recovering from shouder surgery, but hopefully he is healthy enough to contend for a roster spot.