Who cares if Milan Lucic scores 20 goals? I don’t, my friends don’t. I only care about one thing when it comes to Milan Lucic and that is his intensity and his willingness to bang in the corners. Lucic is a power forward. The goals are going to come. They are going to come more frequently if he plays the same way that he did in the 2013 playoffs. Lucic needs to get into corners, keep the legs moving and create turnovers. The guy is an absolute freight train. When he keeps his legs moving, he can skate through a brick wall and walk away like nothing ever happened.
He is going to be playing with David Krejci so point production is not going to be an issue. However, Lucic should never be judged on point production. What he does with out the puck is so much more important to the Boston Bruins. He creates space for guys like Krejci, and Patrice Bergeron.
Last year, the knock on Lucic was that he played without a care in the world. He just looked like didn’t care. Well, this year he has already had a preseason fight that showed more emotion than all of the regular season last year. There was also a photo floating around on the Bruins’ website of Lucic working out this offseason. That’s already a better start than last year because last year the city felt he came in overweight and just didn’t care. This could be a very good year for Lucic. It will be interesting to see how he responds. I just won’t be looking at point production. I’ll be looking at the +/- and smart penalty minutes.
Tony is a Boston Bruins columnist that you can follow on Twitter @TonyTBoston