How Far Will The Bruins Go This Year?

The wait for Bruins preseason hockey is almost over!

September 13, 2018

The sights and smells of the hockey season are getting stronger as part of the team has traveled to China to play some pre-season games. But a good chunk of players have stayed behind in Boston to continue training at Warrior Ice Arena. With rookie camp already underway, the fight for a spot on the opening night roster has begun! Many decisions must be made between now and opening night, but already there are signs of a very successful hockey season for the black and gold.

Like most seasons, the 2017-2018 season didn’t end the way the Bruins may have wanted it to, but they have to be happy with what they accomplished! Even though the Tampa Bay series wasn't a heartbreaker like many Bruins post-season exits are, they were outplayed by the better team with more size and experience. The  early exit may not have left as bad of a taste in their mouths as it may have had we lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, but with a taste of playoff hockey in the city of Boston, it made these kids hungrier to get back to the playoffs and go for a deep run. Not only will the Bruins have young hungry talent that proved themselves NHL worthy right off the bat last season. But they have a few older players that may be hungry for a little bit more

While these younger players are excited to continue to prove themselves and show that they deserving of a spot on this team, players like Chara and Carlo may have personal post-season missions that could help boost the team back to where they were last year.

Chara wants one more cup run before he hangs up his skates, and although he is showing no signs of slowing down right now, the hunger for that next cup is there. His normal D partner, Brandon Carlo, would love to finally play in his first playoff series. This will be Carlo's third season being one of the top six defenseman in Boston, but he has yet to see any playoff time due to bad luck with injury two years in a row right before the playoffs.

Last year, with the level of inexperience and lack of chemistry on this new(ish) and VERY young Bruins team, they went above and beyond anyones expectations. Also, last season was Bruce Cassidy’s first full season as head coach of the Bruins after taking over for Claude Julian late in the previous season. So now that Bruce Cassidy has a full season and a couple rounds of playoffs under his belt, and his young Bruins team has some experience, I think it's safe to say that Bruins fans may be very happy with what this team will be capable of as we head into the 2018-2019 season!