Bruins superstar Brad Marchand is a 2022 All-Star by every single measure.
Boston’s most productive forward once again, Marchand has scored the ninth-most goals in the NHL, with 19 in 29 games played, while his 41 points are the seventh-most in hockey. Marchand is also one of just six players to appear in at least 20 games this season and average at least 1.40 points per game. And if Marchand keeps it up at this pace, he’ll finish the 2021-22 season with 108 points, which would be the best season by any B’s skater since Adam Oates totaled 112 in 1993-94.
Marchand is also an absolutely electric personality and a quote machine on and off the ice (you don’t win ‘best’ and ‘worst’ trash talker simultaneously if you’re not), and one the NHL would be wise to showcase in what’s a total showcase weekend.
But with all that said, Marchand did not make the 2022 All-Star Game roster, and wasn’t even included in the ‘Last Man In’ vote. If it seems absolutely shocking, you’re not alone.
“I am,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked if the Marchand snub surprised him. “I really am. If it becomes a popularity contest, there’s people out there who really appreciate Brad’s game and there’s some who don’t. I’m willing to bet if the players picked, he’d be right there.”
But Marchand himself isn’t sweating it, and instead chose to highlight his own teammate, Patrice Bergeron, who is off to his third All-Star Game appearance.
“I’m not bothered at all,” Marchand said. “You know, it’s a nice event to go to. It depends on where it is. But Vegas obviously a good spot. But, Bergy’s been our best player for whatever it’s been, 18 years now. He’s the best two-way player in the league and he’s the backbone of our team. So I’m not surprised at all that he’s there and he deserves to be, and he’s earned that right and I’m very happy for him. So, you know, that’s how it goes when the league format is the way it is.”
Marchand also knows he’s not the only star who didn’t make the cut for some reason.
“There’s [other] guys that probably deserve or could be there,” Marchand acknowledged. “You look at [Nazem] Kadri. I don’t think he’s on the list and I think he’s third or fourth in the league in scoring. So that’s how it goes when they have the system the way it is and when they need to incorporate every team.”
The ‘consolation’ prize for Marchand, of course, is that he’ll give himself and the Bruins a chance at some other, more important hardware if he continues to produce at the pace he has through his first 29 games of the season.