The Boston Bruins will be hard to beat in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, but there is one major problem that will limit their chances of reaching the postseason: They don’t have the right defenseman.
“It’s not easy,” Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid said Tuesday, via the Boston Globe.
“There are some great guys on our team, and some guys that are just so good and so young.
And so it’s tough to say what we have to do.
It’s going be tough to do anything without them.” “
And it’s going to be tough, I’m telling you.
It’s going be tough to do anything without them.”
While McQuay’s team is not exactly without its own scoring threat, Boston does not have a number of young defensemen who are capable of leading the team in scoring.
McQuare was the leading scorer on Boston’s championship-winning 2011 Stanley Cup championship team, but he is not considered a top-six defenseman at this point in his career.
The Bruins also lost veteran veteran defenseman Chris Kelly to the expansion Dallas Stars last year.
The Bruins have two defensemen with NHL experience, Adam McLean and Nicklas Grossmann.
McLean was a member of the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, and Ottawa Senators.
Grossmann played for the Boston University Terriers of the Ontario Hockey League and the Boston College Eagles of the NCAA.
McQuaid’s defense has not had the same success.
McLeod has recorded just one goal and two assists for 13 points in 41 games this season.
Boston also has another veteran defenseman, Mike Green, who is a third-year pro who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this season but has yet to play a game for the Bruins.
Green is not expected to be available for the postseason, but McQuear added that Green could be ready to play in the postseason.
“Mike Green is going to make his debut in the playoffs.
We’ll see if he’s ready or not,” McQuain said.
“We’ll see where he’s at.
He’s got some work to do, but I don’t think it’ll be too long, and I’m sure we’ll get him ready.”
The Bruins have already played two games without McQuaed because of injuries, but Green has not played in either of those games.
Bruins defenseman Adam Carriker is also injured and is expected to miss the playoffs due to an upper-body injury.
If McQuade is out for more than a couple of games due to injury, Boston will likely be forced to rely on Green.
But that could be a problem for Boston.
McKean is expected back in the lineup at some point this season, and the Bruins have the option of having him play against the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, or New Jersey Devils in the first round.
Even if McQuane plays in a game, Boston is likely going to need Green to step up to the plate to help carry the Bruins through the playoffs in the meantime.
In the NHL, the most common reason for a player to leave the team is because of an injury, and Boston is not likely to have a veteran defenseman to fill the void.
Carriker’s injury is a bit different, however.
While McKeaar did not play in any of the Bruins’ games this year due to a lower-body issue, he is likely to be ready for the playoffs, and if McKear plays in the final two games of the season, he could make an impact as Boston’s primary defensive presence.
There are two other players who could step up and play well for Boston this season: McKeac and McKeagan.
After McKeaic’s career-high 27 goals and 52 points in the 2015-16 season, McKeahan is set to turn 32 in May.
Both McKeavises scored 20 goals and 49 points in 2014-15, and Mckellan had a career-best 36 points in 2013-14.
While McKeaughn has been struggling to find consistency in the past two seasons, Mckeagan is a better player and more talented.
As long as McKeoughn does not miss a game this season due to injuries, he should be ready and willing to step into McKeanyan’s spot and provide some much-needed scoring to help the Bruins reach the playoffs this year.