Boston Bruins

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

It had been 13 games since Jake DeBrusk last scored a goal prior to last night’s deflection through Blackhawks goaltender Collin Delia in a 6-3 victory. All while trade rumors have hung over DeBrusk (and every other younger Boston skater for that matter) on a Black and Gold squad struggling to score goals on an even somewhat regular basis.

So, to ask the obvious here: Were the rumors actually getting to him?

“Not at all, to be honest with you,” DeBrusk offered after the win. “I mean I was traded in Juniors and I’ve heard about trade rumors since I’ve been with the Bruins. That comes with the territory.

“It doesn’t really affect me too, too much to be honest with you.”

After a breakout spring featuring six goals and two helpers in 12 games, DeBrusk has struggled to elevate his game to that next level many had hoped for, with 15 goals and 22 points through 48 games this season.

But the 22-year-old insists that he was not fueled by trade rumors, but rather the fact that he wasn’t getting to slide and celebration with the regularity that’s made him a fan favorite since breaking on the scene in 2017.

“Whatever happens, you can’t really control to be honest, so I don’t really think about [trade rumors],” said DeBrusk. “Just a matter of me actually going out there and scoring. I was just missing that feeling a lot, so it was just nice to see it go in and obviously see [David] Krejci get two goals tonight and [Danton] Heinen get on the board as well.

“It’s all good signs, especially with Pasta out right now.”

Signs and production that could see DeBrusk’s name removed from the rumor mill, too.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.