Some of the Boston Bruins’ most important players are the ones looking to flourish under a new voice.
As the Bruins get ready for the 2022-23 season, we’re keeping a close eye on those who clashed with Bruce Cassidy or otherwise couldn’t find themselves in recent years. The Bruins’ success in the coming season may depend on this key handful of younger players, who they hope will benefit from better communication with new head coach Jim Montgomery. That’s been a consistent topic for Ty Anderson and myself on the Sports Hub Underground podcast, but now Ty has gotten to see these kids in person at training camp. Listen above for the newest episode of SHUG, which takes a deep dive into Bruins camp and the preseason.
It’s too early to tell with projected first-line right wing Jake DeBrusk, who literally hasn’t been on the ice enough to judge. DeBrusk is still the most notable example of a Bruin whose tension with Cassidy seemed to hurt his on-ice results at times. It remains to be seen how he truly looks with Montgomery behind the bench. But there are several other players that have gotten more ice time that are worth noting.
Yes, it’s only training camp, so it’s too early to make any sweeping judgments on any of these guys, really anything at all. But Ty was happy to report some positive progress.
“They look good, and when I say that, I’m talking in the sense of players implementing what’s being asked of them,” Ty said. “It feels like there’s more learning. It feels like there’s more, ‘Hey, this is what we want you to do, I’ll show you how, ask a question, I’ll explain it, and then we’re gonna see it.’
“I think these guys are really handling the coaching very well and I think they’re doing the things they want them to do, and I think that you’re seeing it play out.”
Here’s a closer look at a handful of important Bruins to keep an eye on amid the team’s coaching changes…