The Boston Bruins have already made it clear that Jake DeBrusk isn’t going to be traded for less than market value.
And that market value continued to tick upwards Thursday night, with DeBrusk scoring his second goal in four games, and against his hometown club in the Black and Gold’s 3-2 victory over the Oilers.
The 25-year-old’s strike was another power-play strike, and featured another flash of the shot No. 74 can bring to the man advantage when given time and space in the high-danger areas of the ice. The goal was even analyzed by Jake’s father, Louie DeBrusk, on the Sportsnet broadcast, with his father outright admitting that it’s been a “tough tread” for his son.
And like we wrote last week when DeBrusk first found the back of the net in his post-trade request Boston run, this will only help. Especially with this being a sign of him bringing that consistency that has to be there if the Bruins are going to get the best return possible and if team are going to rush to acquire the No. 14 overall pick from the 2015 NHL Draft.
Another encouraging sign: The Bruins were able to rely on DeBrusk on a night where the Bruins benched second-line left wing Taylor Hall in the second frame and iced fourth-line left wing Anton Blidh for a team-low 7:16 of five-on-five action.
And he nearly made it a Boston win long before Matt Grzelcyk’s game winner with a net-front drive that was a Markus Niemelainen lunge away from finding the back of the net for what would’ve been DeBrusk’s second goal of the evening.
“I thought [DeBrusk] was good tonight,” Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco said. “I liked the way he was skating. I thought that he put some speed, him and [Erik] Haula on that line with Nicky [Foligno]. Jake was good. Anytime one of your players score, you’re happy for them. But there’s other things that you’re looking for in their game and his details were better.”
The details are the key. DeBrusk’s first night back on the ice after his request (a loss to the Red Wings) may have been his worst effort of the season. It just looked like he was out there moving at half-speed. But that’s gotten better in recent games, with his effort against Tampa last Saturday and last night against the Oilers sticking out as positives on the effort front.
Which is all the Bruins want until a resolution comes with a trade out of Boston.
“The message to Jake [after his trade request] was just, ‘Go out and play hockey. You’re here, you’re part of our team, you’re part of our organization, and we expect you to go out there and give us your best every night [and] every game,’” Sacco relayed. “That’s all you can ask. He’s being a good pro; practice hard, play hard when it’s your turn to get on the ice. He’s done that.”
Here are some other leftover thoughts and notes from a 3-2 win in Edmonton…