The Bruins have plenty of things to think about. Trade deadline is not that much close, but there are some questions, which may require answers until next spring. The need is pretty much clear and same all the time – how to improve offense.
We do not need to be geniuses to see that the Bruins have one of the best defenses in the league, but many times they fall short in terms of their offensive production. Maybe a trade or move would solve it? Last season GM Don Sweeney did not hesitate to improve his team, most notably he acquired Rick Nash and gave up 1st round draft pick in the process.
This should not be an indication of future moves to happen, but it may help us to read whole situation. The Bruins seemingly need make their offense better. Even with Bergeron in the lineup Boston has been shut out four times this season, which is already more times than whole last year.
Healthy D-core indication for potential trade?
If the Bruins are healthy within their defensive core, they may be ready to shuttle stuff up front. Why? There might be two answers – they need improvement up forward and… How will they rotate their whole defense? If healthy (and IF is a big one here), the Bruins have Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy as first pair, Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo as second pair, John Moore and Kevan Miller as third pair.
And what about Matt Grzelcyk, left-handed defenseman, who has been stellar for the Bs this year. Okay, we can easily over-regard Steven Kampfer (sorry Steve!), but currently playing Connor Clifton and Jeremy Lauzon have been one huge surprise. Everyone thought, that the top talent guy in Providence in the AHL is Jakub Zboril, but it is Jeremy Lauzon. Connor Clifton, absolutely unexpectedly, just played his 6th game for big Bruins and was pretty solid.
Then the Bruins got Urho Vaakaneinen, who is a 1st round draft pick from 2017. He was first choice out of Providence, not Lauzon, Zboril or Clifton, but was limited to play just four periods and sidelined ever since with a concussion. Vaakanainen has ton of upside, same with Lauzon, maybe Clifton. Matt Grzelcyk himself took advantage of the opportunity given last season and never looked back.
Okay, so seven solid defensemen in Boston, other three in Providence. Aside Chara or Miller, lot of future here. That´s also a reason why Adam McQuaid is not there anymore. Will the Bruins use experienced guy (Krug) or young promising Dman (Zboril, Lauzon) for trade purposes in order to improve offense? We will have to wait and see. But at one point, the Bruins may regret having overweight on their defense and lack of production within their forward lines.