Krista and I got to talking about this over dinner and I really did start to wonder, hence this post. Cue the America’s Next Top Model music if you like. Who is going to be the next man to wear an A for the Bruins? Obviously I don’t know for sure, but let’s take a look at a few of the guys who very well might be Boston’s second alternate alongside Patrice Bergeron starting this fall.
Krejci, like Bergeron, is a center and homegrown talent, having been with the Bs since 2004. He could be an ideal choice if they want to go for a double dose of centers with Boston longevity, guys who really know the ins and outs of the team from being there so long. He did well this season, scoring 13 goals and getting 49 assists during the regulars; 12 goals and 11 assists during the playoffs. He has a plus-minus rating of +23 from the regulars and +8 from the playoffs. Krejci also won the NHL Plus-Minus award in 2009 when he had a +37.
Lucic, the aggressive left-winger who’s been in Beantown since he was drafted in 2006 (Boston is seriously full of top-shelf homegrown talent), could be a good second-A candidate. He does have a bit of a penchant for being friendly with the sin bin, having spent about two hours in there this regular season. Yes, two hours. Actually, about three hours if you add in playoff sin bin time. He does produce, though: 30 goals, 32 assists, +28 in the regulars, 5 goals, 7 assists, +11 in the playoffs. I also read a report of someone who said they got the new NHL 12 demo (I don’t have a PS3 or Xbox360 or I’d go verify this myself) and saw that Lucic is wearing the A in it. That might be the joke of some Bruins-loving video game programmer, of course.
If the Bs decide to make their alternate tandem a forward-defenseman scenario, McQuaid could be a good choice. He’s been with Boston since 2007 and has been clutch for them. Pierre McGuire called him “one tough hombre” during the Stanley Cup final (hey, I’d take it as a compliment) and he also did pretty well this season. 3 goals and 12 assists, a +30 rating (second only to fellow d-man and captain Zdeno Chara with a +33), 96 minutes to himself in the regulars; 4 assists, a +8 rating and 14 minutes to himself in the playoffs.
Another forward-defenseman tandem possibility! Ference’s maturity means he could potentially serve as another father figure to Bergeron, since that’s what Mark Recchi used to do. He’s been with Boston since my senior year of high school (2007) and has done very well for them. This season he also got 3 goals and 12 assists in the regulars, a +22 rating and exactly an hour in the sin bin. In the playoffs he scored 4 goals, 6 assists, a +10 rating and 37 sin bin minutes.
Those may be some of Boston’s more realistic possibilities. Now of course we’ll see what the team chooses to do in a matter of time, but who knows? I might be right!