It’s hard to imagine that not so long ago the Boston Bruins sat among some of the best teams in the league. Fast forward 5 years — and the Bruins are easily one of the five worst teams in the league. They are a team that is littered with AHL players, over-paid broken down veterans and a few solid veteran and youngsters. Their main issue has been injuries — Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Krejci have all missed time this year with various injuries. The only bright spots that give the Bruins hope going forward are Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak.
The Bruins are currently the third worst team in the Eastern Conference points-wise and are tied for the 4th worst points total in the league. They don’t have cap space to sign a major stud, so the only way back to the top is to tank. If they were to tank this season, they would need to trade away some of their vets like Chara and Krejci. They could at least trade Chara to a playoff contender for at least a first rounder and if they eat some money on Krejci’s deal, they could receive a first/second rounder for him. The argument against tanking would be they have made a million picks in the top three rounds the past three years, but with that said they don’t have much to show from it. If you tank this year and finish in the bottom 5, they have a great chance of getting a player that can actually make a difference.
Taking a look at the potential top five for next years draft, it looks like there are several skilled players that could help the team. Nolan Patrick (C), Kailer Yamamoto (RW), Maxime Comtois (C) and Kristian Vesalainen could all step in and play on one of the Bruins top three lines.
As the saying goes, if you’re not first, you’re last. Being a team in the middle is always the worst position to be, no matter the sport. So with that said, its time for the Bruins to tank.