Projecting the Roster: Bruins Defensive Pairings – Boston.com (blog)
With Bruins training camp underway, we took a glance last week at what the starting forward lines could look like come the Oct. 8 season opener against the Flyers. Now, we turn our eye to the blue line, where the Bruins defensive corps took a beating last year after major injuries cut the average age of four of six members of the group to just 23 �.
Assuming all goes well for the Bruins through camp, and no surprise injuries crop up in the next two weeks, here�s how the defensive pairings should look come the start of the NHL season.
First Pairing: Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Chara is the anchor that holds the Bruins defense together. He is one of the best shutdown defenseman in the NHL and has been the rock that has helped the B�s become so dominant defensively over the past half decade. Chara had one of his better offensive seasons in several years in 2013-14, scoring 17 goals and adding 23 assists in 77 games with a plus-minus of +25. The playoffs were not as kind to the Bruins captain, however, as the Bruins suffered defensive breakdowns in their seven-game loss to the Canadiens in the second round perhaps due to the revelation that Chara was playing with a broken finger.
Hamilton is one of the Bruins’ brightest young stars, and at 21 years old, he’ll be a key to the team’s success for many seasons to come. Taken with the No. 9 pick in the 2011 NHL draft, Hamilton made his NHL debut in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, scoring five goals and 11 assists in 42 games for the Bruins. He grew as a …read more