A couple of days ago, Ty Anderson wrote about the seven questions about the Bruins heading into the season. One of those questions has been answered with the return of Jack Studnicka to the Oshawa Generals. But the other ones are yet to be answered.
The first is about Patrice Bergeron’s health and ability to start the season. Bergy hasn’t been healthy enough to play in any preseason games as of yet while recovering from a groin surgery and back spasms that he developed in camp. Bruce Cassidy is hoping that he’ll get on the ice tomorrow night.
What happens if Bergeron isn’t ready to go on Wednesday? Well, it’s not the end of the world; last season Bergy needed extra time to rehab and the Bruins started poorly getting better throughout the season. Without Riley Nash, who stepped up last season, it might be tough but having Patrice take extra time now rather than later is better.
The second question was about David Krejci’s right wing. Anderson seems to think that it could be either Danton Heinen or Ryan Donato. With all the talk this summer about moving David Pastrnak down to that line to make two dangerous lines, I just thought it was a done deal. Still, starting Donato out there couldn’t hurt as it would give him some more time to develop some chemistry with the second line center.
At last, we have a look at the defense and the plethora of left shots. Where does John Moore fit? Is Grzelcyk the odd man out? Is Torey Krug really ready? I’m not sure where John Moore fits in with the defense unless the team looks to trade either Krug or Grzelcyk. With Gryz and Miller forming a strong pairing last season, it seems like a terrible idea to mess with that.
The next is about Anders Bjork. While Don Sweeney insists that Bjork is still on his rehab timeline, its clear he won’t be able to start out on the big roster. He won’t play on Saturday and should start out in Providence.
Question 5: who is centering that third line? Will it be JFK or first-year pro Trent Frederic? It’s probably JFK.
Next, Lee Stempniak. The B’s should sign him. He’s made a great case for himself.
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see who hits the ice tomorrow night and what happens next.