Boston Bruins: Stepping Inside the Training Camp NHL’s Runner-Up

The Boston Bruins had the second-best record in the NHL last season. Boston was a team that many were not talking about very much during their run to the Stanley Cup Finals. They lost to the St. Louis Blues in seven games but even if the Bruins had won the Stanley Cup, they weren’t going to get all of the glitz and glamour anyways.

Boston didn’t even face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs last season because Tampa Bay was swept away by the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was probably the biggest upset in postseason history. The Boston Bruins took down Columbus in the second round of the postseason in six games.

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In the previous round, Boston knocked out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second straight season in seven games. Some people thought this was going to finally be the year that Toronto would knock them off but it didn’t happen.

The Bruins play a physical style that the Maple Leafs can’t handle. In the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston swept away the Cinderella story of the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Boston Bruins will be hungry to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals once again this season. They have not won it all since 2011 and Boston has won it six times in franchise history.

Bruce Cassidy is also one of the most underrated coaches in the NHL.

The projected lines for this team will be Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak: Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, and Karson Kuhlman: Danton Heinen, Charlie Coyle, and David Backes: and Chris Wagner, Sean Kuraly, and Brett Ritchie.

The projected defensive pairings for this team will be Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy, Torey Krug, and Brandon Carlo, and Matt Grzelcyk, and Connor Clifton.

Tuukka Rask will be the starting goalie and Jaroslav Halak will be the backup goalie.

Connor Clifton, Steven Kampfer, and John Moore could be some of the defensemen that step up if someone misses time with injury.

Urho Vaakanaien (20 years old) and Jakub Zboril (22 years old) will be two interesting defensemen to keep an eye on during training camp.

Some of the forwards that could step up in case of injury will be Anton Blidh, Paul Carey, Peter Cehlarik, Trent Frederic, and Joakim Nordstrom.

Goaltender Kyle Keyser will look to make a name for himself for the Boston Bruins during training camp. He is only 20 years old. Keyser needs to prove himself because Halak is on the final year of his contract and Rask’s contract will expire after the 2020-2021 season.

The Boston Bruins have not had any luck recently in the minors with goaltending. At this point in time, it could very well be Kyle Keyser’s time to shine. He was not even drafted.

Keyser played in the OHL last season with the Oshawa Generals for 47 games. His record was 32-8 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.75 GAA, along with two shutouts. Kyle Keyser also played in one postseason game with the Providence Bruins (AHL) last season as well. He lost that game. His save percentage was .897 with a 3.15 GAA.

It is going to be an interesting season for this team. The Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line might be the best in the NHL.

This could potentially be Chara’s last season in the NHL at 42 years old. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

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A lot of people might pick Boston to win the Atlantic Division this season only because people are not sure how the Tampa Bay Lightning will rebound after that postseason collapse. Boston will most likely be back in the playoffs once again this season. The last time they didn’t qualify for the postseason was back in 2015-2016.

It is unknown when training camp will begin for them. However, the preseason will begin for the Boston Bruins on the road against the New Jersey Devils (split-squad) on Monday, September 16.

Boston will begin the season on the road against the Dallas Stars on Thursday, October 3. Finally, the Bruins home opener will be against the New Jersey Devils on October 12.

How do you feel about the Boston Bruins as they head towards training camp? Leave a comment below.

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