Three Bruins Facing Really Big Expectations

Published September 27, 2023 at 11:23 PM
In a mere fortnight, the Boston Bruins will kick off their Centennial season, locking horns with the Chicago Blackhawks. Despite significant offseason changes, the Bruins are harboring high hopes for the 2023-24 campaign. Here's a closer look at three Bruins players carrying hefty expectations into the season:

1. Pavel Zacha

With the notable exits of Bergeron and Krejci, Pavel Zacha steps into a pivotal role as one of the team's top centers. Fresh from a career-best season, the 26-year-old has the backing of Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery, who sees even more potential in him. Now entrusted as a top-six center, Zacha is expected to emerge as a core contributor and a point-producing force for the team.

2. David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak is entering the maiden season of his colossal eight-year, $90 million contract, accompanied by towering expectations. As the team's premier star and a prolific goal scorer, Pastrnak must maintain his status among the NHL's elite in scoring. Last season was a standout for him, setting personal records in goals, assists, and points. Pastrnak also carries the mantle of an alternate captain, tasked with a leadership role.

3. Brad Marchand

With Bergeron hanging up his skates, Brad Marchand dons the captain's armband. While not entirely unexpected given his extensive tenure with the team, Marchand's responsibilities, both on and off the ice, have substantially expanded. His objective is to demonstrate his capability as a worthy successor to Bergeron in leadership. Marchand remains a pivotal offensive asset for the Bruins, expected to maintain his elite performance.

The 2023-24 season brims with intrigue for the Bruins, with the performances of Zacha, Pastrnak, and Marchand serving as linchpins for their success. If these players meet their lofty expectations, the Bruins may once again defy doubters.

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Three Bruins Facing Really Big Expectations

Which player has the highest expectations?

Pastrnak3543.8 %
Marchand2328.8 %
Zacha2227.5 %
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