Boston Bruins roll the dice on young talent they could benefit from

Hunter Bowman
July 16, 2023  (4:17 PM)

Navigating an uncertain transition period, the Boston Bruins find themselves in a challenging position. With an aging core and limited draft capital, the team faces the task of replacing retiring players and managing salary cap constraints.

The reliance on free agency to fill gaps has led to the signing of several 30+-year-old players, as well as the acquisitions of Jesper Boqvist and Morgan Geekie.
While the Bruins' desire to maintain their winning ways is understandable, doubling down on older players may not serve their long-term interests.
The organization would benefit from focusing on adding young talent in need of more playing time or a fresh environment. By embracing low-cost, promising prospects, the Bruins can address their lack of depth and potential in their prospect pool.
When considering the signing of Kevin Shattenkirk, it may be argued that elevating Jakub Zboril's role could prove more advantageous for the Bruins. Zboril is now earning a higher salary than Shattenkirk.
Beyond Zboril, there are still notable names available, such as Ethan Bear, a talented young player who could bring value to the organization despite his injury. The Bruins recently saw Jack Ahcan depart due to limited opportunities, despite his impressive performance in the system.
While James van Riemsdyk and Milan Lucic may evoke nostalgia, passing on them could have been a viable option. Players like Jesse Puljujarvi, and Pius Suter remain available and could add value to the Bruins' roster.
Zadina, in particular, signed an affordable one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks, which could have been a great opportunity for the Bruins.
Furthermore, such signings could provide an avenue for flipping players at the trade deadline to recoup valuable draft picks. This strategy could hold true for van Riemsdyk and Shattenkirk.
In conclusion, the Boston Bruins find themselves in a challenging position with limited prospect depth and draft capital. Amid the salary cap constraints that exist across the league, the Bruins should take calculated risks on young players seeking a change of scenery.
Embracing these risks during a transitional phase could lead to discovering hidden gems who aid in revitalizing the Bruins' core retooling efforts.
Source: insidetherink

NHL players in this story
Milan Lucic
Kevin Shattenkirk
James Van Riemsdyk
Ethan Bear
Morgan Geekie
Pius Suter
Jesse Puljujarvi
Jack Ahcan
Jesper Boqvist
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Boston Bruins roll the dice on young talent they could benefit from

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