Bruins still figuring out top-line combination – Boston Globe
WILMINGTON — There will still be power to David Krejci’s left. That is a given.
But to his right? That seems unlikely.
So, after years of playing between power forwards — three years of Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, then one year of Lucic and Jarome Iginla — the Bruins’ top-line center will seemingly have to adjust to more speed and more skill, likely in the form of David Pastrnak or Loui Eriksson, though it’s possible that another player could take that spot.
“Whoever is going to be on my line this year, looks like it’s going to be more of a skill player than a power forward, so that should be exciting, not just for me but I’m sure Looch is excited as well,” Krejci said. “It means we’re going to get more scoring chances. I don’t want to take anything away from Iggy — he was a great shooter and he was always shoot-first — so I’m excited for a little different look.”
The tryouts began on Friday, as the Bruins took to the ice for the first time this preseason. Krejci had Pastrnak to his right in the second session (though Tyler Randell also got some time there).
General manager Peter Chiarelli had hinted in recent days that the 18-year-old Pastrnak, the Bruins’ first-round draft pick, would at least get a chance. To Krejci’s left was Matt Fraser, with Lucic skating with the other group.
Krejci indicated that he would be playing alongside Pastrnak again on Sunday, in the team’s Black & Gold scrimmage at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.
“It’s nice to be able to play with him because he’s a great player, he’s got great speed, so hopefully we’ll click,” said Krejci. “We have the first game in Providence on Sunday and we will want to do really …read more