Tyler Seguin led the Boston Bruins in goals scored last season, but this year, it might just be his friend and linemate Brad Marchand‘s turn to run the table.
Last season, Marchand finished just one goal behind Seguin in the race for the top of the Boston goal-scoring table. He had 28 through 76 games played and may have just been able to win that race, or at least match Seguin, had he not been suspended for a five-game stint in January 2012.
He’s always been rather good at exceeding expectations, though: in his first season with the Bruins, he was expected to score about 10 goals. When the 2010-11 regular season ended, he had 21 to his name and won the team’s fan-voted Seventh Player Award for performing beyond expectations. He was clutch in the playoff run to the Stanley Cup win too, putting up 11 goals to tie Jeremy Roenick for the most playoff goals ever by a rookie.
So the team’s resident honey badger has proven that he can indeed put up a lot of goals. That’s exactly what he’s been doing so far this season, leading the team once more with seven goals to date. By comparison, Seguin has two right now and hasn’t been as great as he was last season or even when he was in Switzerland.
Back to Marchand. During the 3-1 win against Buffalo this past Sunday, in which Marchand scored the first goal of the game, Jack Edwards even said at one point that he was scoring at a Steven Stamkos-type pace. Actually, Marchand seems to be pretty productive whenever the Sabres are on the other side of things: in his career against Buffalo, he has eight goals and three assists in just 15 games played. Though that January-ending loss to the Sabres is generally a game the Bruins might want to forget, it was also his first multi-goal game of the season.
I’m not sure if I would classify him as scoring at a Stamkos pace yet because Boston is just 11 games into the season, but if he continues to keep scoring timely, helpful goals and doing so often, I might just come around and start seeing things from Edwards’ perspective. Does that include jumping for joy when he scores extremely helpful and timely goals just like Edwards did last night? Questions will become answers.