Morning Free Association: Charlie’s in Good Company

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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.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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The Krejci, DeBrusk, 61 line is perfect…. mucker – DeBrusk, playmaker – Krejci, goal scorer – 61

phonymahoney
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Hey hockey pals!

  • Spooner has had a couple great games for the Rangers. I wish he fit here. I mean, he did, but I think everything was too far gone at that point.
  • Charlie McAvoy. As a BU season ticket holder, I NEVER thought he would fall to us in the draft. I’m so glad he did.
  • Working from Mamma Mahoney’s because one sibling has kids with the flu, another was here helping yesterday, another has the week off and made no plans to be here (WTF), and the other is perpetually busy (you’re never too busy for your mother). So, here I am.
  • The London Bear
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    I was a fan of Spooner for a long time – a real powerplay asset with good speed and I think he was pretty high on the Bs scoring charts this season. I’m pleased he’s doing well in Noo Yawk.

    That said, from what I’ve seen of Nash we’ve upgraded.

    It must be great to see guys you’ve watched at college level making an impact with the big club.

    Wishing a quick recovery to Mamma M.

    A little bird tells me you’re going to be hockeying with an old friend of this site…

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Ahh, the Spooner talk is in this thread I guess.

    Yeah, I’ve been cautious with Nash-61, but with a grand total of 2 games, he’s been a nice improvement – I am trending towards optimism.
    Hopefully he will be a big factor come playoff time. His previous playoff stats have been rather pedestrian – maybe with Krejci & co he’ll be able to make things happen.

    The London Bear
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    grand total of 2 games

    Yeah, I appreciate it’s a small sample size grin

    But in his first game he just got himself into good positions and against the Canes he was starting to develop chemistry with Krech and Debrusk. He’s trending in the right direction!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    In 2011 Krejci was on fire in the playoffs… maybe led the league in playoff points? If he’s dealing like he cash, 61 will score a ton!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    I think Krech has been leading playoff scorer twice
    ..

    phonymahoney
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    It’s fun watching them make it to the NHL. Buffalo now has Eichel’s entire BU line. They should get Ahti Oksanen too – he actually played really well with Eichel, and is a big boy who can play forward or defense.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    And I’m playing with TWO old friends, actually.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    As someone who only watches Buffalo when they play Boston it’s hard to understand why their record is so bad!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Agreed – Ristoleinen, Evander Kane & ‘Hi I’m Chad’ Johnson seem to eat our boys’ lunch with regularity. I don’t see why they can’t replicate that success vs most opponents.

    phonymahoney
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    Yeah, pretty weird, huh?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    You’re such a good daughter! One always has to find time for Mom. If you don’t have time for Mom, who DO you have time for??? WTF is right!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Hey Pals!
    Yes,Charlie is all that!
    Saw some of the Rags game when I got home last night. O’Gara getting big minutes. I don’t think he was ever going to play above Providence, if he stayed a B.
    I need a nap already!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I heard that Spoons had a good dish for an assist last night.
    It’s too bad – I’d started to think he’d finally found his spot in Boston.