Of course we are only a couple of weeks into the regular season. Specifically, the Boston Bruins have notched eight games under their belts. Despite the shaky, clean-house mentality debut to the 2015-16 campaign, the B’s have won four-out-of-five and have taken nine out of a possible 10 points.
The catalyst for the team’s turnaround has to be David Krejci.
After coming back from an injury-plagued 2014-15 season in which he only played in 47 games, Krejci was coming into this season eager to regain control of the top-line center position and lead this team from an offensive standpoint.
So far, so good.
Krejci currently ranks second in the NHL in scoring with 14 points, trailing only Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. He also leads all Bruins’ forwards with a plus-four rating, indicating that he is also playing responsible hockey at both ends of the ice. Krejci is playing at a level that is beyond the realm of possibility when it comes to his on-ice production. Ever since he made his debut for the B’s in 2006, the 29-year-old Czech Republic native has always been labeled as a streaky player; The points will certainly come as the season rolls along.
The hot and cold streaks will accompany him, but he is scorching right now, and the production was something that the team needed to get out of the rut. Boston allowed 16 goals in the first three games of the regular season. Not only was the defense having lapses (resulting in a plethora of lineup changes on the blue line), but the goaltending was mediocre at best. Krejci is averaging over one point per game to pull his team back into relevancy.
Although it might be early on in the year, but thank you to Krejci for saving the hockey season.
Now, we still have a long way to go. But how can anyone argue against his candidacy for the Art Ross Trophy? The above-mentioned honor goes to the player who leads the NHL in points at the end of the regular season.
Technically speaking, the last player to win the award who donned the Black and Gold was Joe Thornton back in 2005-06 (125 points). However, that was the year he was traded near the beginning of the season to the San Jose Sharks. Officially, the last Bruin to claim the Art Ross Trophy who remained with the team for the entire year was Bobby Orr back in 1974-75 (135 points).
That would put him in some pretty elite company. Again, that would just be an added benefit. The main concern—and there is little doubt that anyone in the locker would disagree—is that the team is playing better. Reaching the playoffs (and making a run at the Stanley Cup) is top priority.