With all of the amazing offseason moves the Bruins are making…
No, wait, that isn’t it.
After a spectacular rookie outing a season ago…
That isn’t it either. Let’s try again.
Anders Bjork had difficulty staying in the lineup last season with a concussion and a season-ending shoulder injury and people, including fans, seem to have written him off. However, there’s a chance that he’ll rebound this season and put together a decent year.
Ty Anderson of The Sports Hub seems to think that putting Bjork back on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will pay great dividends to the offense next season. And maybe it will. One thing’s for sure, it will bring back one of my favorite Bearly on Topic Bruins’ line names: the 110% line.
It probably will. The Bruins committed last season to bringing in the youth, performing a rebuild-on-the-fly which is just so NHL these days, and that means that the younger players need to be spread throughout the lineup, adding speed and firepower to each line. Adding Bjork to the top line and bringing David Pastrnak, he being only 22 himself, down to the second line with David Krejci and fellow youngster, Jake DeBrusk will make two potent lines. Danton Heinen and Ryan Donato presumably would flank David Backes on that third line, creating scoring chances with the speed that Backes doesn’t inherently have.
It’s not a bad lineup. However, the Bruins will still have to size top against an improved Toronto team and a still strong Tampa team. While the lineup may be fun to watch, it might not have enough punch to compete with the other two without a big acquisition.