Everyone’s impressed with defenseman Charlie McAvoy’s first full season in black & Gold. He’s getting consideration in a tough Calder Trophy race. He’s shining on a top pairing with Zdeno Chara. He’s managed to come back from a heart procedure like it was nothing but a slight bump in the road. Heck he’s even scored game winning shootout goals. But Charlie has done something else that puts his name up with the big ones in Bruins hockey history.
Charlie has scored 30 points (7G, 23 A) on the season. Not only does that equal the mark of teammates David Krejci and Riley Nash, his 30 points at his tender age puts him in good company: Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque among others.
From Ty Anderson’s article:
First, McAvoy’s strike made him the youngest defenseman in franchise history to score an overtime goal, and that includes regular season and postseason goals alike. But with the goal being McAvoy’s 30th point of the year, McAvoy also became just the fifth defender in B’s history to record at least 30 points in their Age-20 or younger season.
The other four? Greg Hawgood, Glen Wesley, Ray Bourque, and the one and only Bobby Orr. That’s some truly elite company, particularly at the end.
Yeah, Charlie looks to be the real deal. It’ll be fun to see how many more points he’ll amass this season.