Brad Marchand has a trip to Tampa to make in January, and not to face the Lightning. The Bruins winger is officially part of the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, his second nod in as many seasons.
Marchand leads the Bruins with 17 goals and 23 assists, despite playing just 32 of the team’s 40 games. His 1.25 points per game rank fourth in the NHL. He also ranks eighth in the league with 0.53 goals per game and is tied for ninth with a plus-19 rating.
The winger made his first All-Star team during the 2016-17 season, during which he set new career highs with 39 goals and 85 points. He joins some truly elite company among the Atlantic Division forwards, a group that includes Tampa’s Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, Toronto’s Auston Matthews, Buffalo’s Jack Eichel, and Florida’s Aleksander Barkov. You can get the full All-Star rosters at NHL.com.
Marchand has really taken his offensive game to dizzying new heights in the last three seasons. But since his first full NHL season in 2010-11, the winger leads the league in both plus-minus (plus-178) and shorthanded goals (23). He’s up to 414 goals in 566 career games.
As for those last three seasons? Since 2015-16, Marchand is sixth in the NHL with 93 goals and 11th with 186 points in 189 games. He’s also fourth in the NHL with 0.98 points per game in that span (minimum 180 games).
Brad Marchand Highlights: 2017-18
The winger has beyond proven himself as one of the league’s best offensive forces in the last couple of seasons. His newest All-Star nod is the latest indication of that. And now, with the Bruins surging, he has a chance to make his presence felt in the playoffs.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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