With the Bruins off until Thursday in this slow moving start to the hockey season, there isn’t much to talk about yet. The team needs to play some more to gel and become consistent. There’s already a goalie controversy brewing; not really, more like two digital content producers losing there f’ing minds about Tuukka coverage. Although, I have to give props for ol’ man Kevin Paul DuPont for these tweets:
Blame Tuukka will start in net.
— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) October 8, 2018
What a beating Tuukka would have taken for that loss.
— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) October 10, 2018
(The second tweet was about the Red Sox)
Anyway, Jake DeBrusk has hit the big time, being covered in a national article on the ESPN by Greg Wyshynski. Of course, we all love Jake for his enthusiasm and for having seemingly solidified his position on David Krejci’s left wing, but there is always room for improvement. Bruce Cassidy is looking for something in particular from the young, second year Bruins winger.
“What we’re looking for is a little more consistency on the nights when the offense isn’t there,” he told ESPN last week.
“Saying that young guys disappear is maybe a little unfair. But sometimes they’re not as dialed in as they need to be. Mentally, they’re not as strong as the older guys, who know there are going to be rainy days. Some rainy weeks and months. So you just have to find a way to contribute. That’s what happens with the younger guys. They have a level of success, and that’s what they want every night, but life doesn’t work that way.”
DeBrusk knows this. That’s why he has sought council on how to handle what he has called “some ups and downs” in his first NHL season. “I listen to the veterans here. [Krejci] was helping me out, saying stuff that he went through. Obviously, he’s played for a while. He understands the game,” DeBrusk said.
“And, of course, my dad.”
It’s super cool that Louie DeBrusk has come in many times to counsel his son but I hope that that doesn’t become the only story about Jake DeBrusk. I hope he doesn’t hit that sophomore slump, continues to work on his game and develop that chemistry with Krejci, and whoever is going to be that RW. Let’s build another line, boys!
It’s obvious that Jake doesn’t take anything for granted and knows he’s got to work hard to stay with the Bruins, a club that he totally nerds out about for having the privilege to play. He is well aware of the fact that there were trade rumors involving him last season and this one as well and that he just needs to focus on his game.
In 2017-18, there was speculation that Jake DeBrusk wasn’t long for the Bruins. In particular, there were rumors that the New York Rangers coveted him and that DeBrusk could end up in a package for someone such as defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who was eventually traded to Tampa Bay, or Nash, who ended up with Boston at the deadline.
“It is what it is. You can’t control it,” DeBrusk said at the time. “I love being with these guys, and we’re a pretty tight group.”
His father was also on the trade block as a young player. In October 1991, Louie DeBrusk was on the cusp of making his NHL debut with the New York Rangers as a highly regarded prospect in their system.
“And then I was traded for Mark Messier,” he said.
DeBrusk was part of the three-player package sent from the Rangers to the Edmonton Oilers for Messier. (The rest, as they say, is history.) The shock of his change in trajectory subsided eventually.
His advice to Jake, when the two talked about those trade rumors last season? “Consider it an honor that another team thinks of you like that,” he said.
When he remained a Bruin, Louie said, it was validation that Boston also valued him.
As Jake DeBrusk values being a Bruin.
Just keep working on your game, Jake.