David Krejci Makes the Boston Bruins’ Power Play Painful to Watch
David Krejci is easily a top six forward in the NHL. He has all the credentials as a playmaker who can score goals and make everyone around him better. I respect him; however I cannot watch him take another one-timer from the blue line on the power play. Has anyone else seen this? He sets up on the off wing, receives a pass from Zdeno Chara, and attempts to take a one timer. Now I don’t know what he clocks on his shot when it comes to miles per hour, but I can’t imagine it comes close to Chara’s , Johnny Boychuk, or Torey Krug.
Boston Bruins fans will lose their minds if this repeatedly happens. It has happened once or twice this year and it was an epidemic in last year’s playoffs. It makes complete sense having him run the point on the power play if he is going to facilitate the power play and use his vision to make some of the passes that only he can seem to make. But no Bruins fan wants to watch him wind up trying to rip one timers past the goalie. That’s what guys like Chara are for. The Bruins need to play within their element to win games. It’s what they do so well. Unfortunately Krejci does not hit one timers well. At all. Ever.
It will be interesting to see going forward if guys like Jarome Iginla and Krug can make a consistent effort to make the Bruins power play elite. Iginla may be the exact missing piece that the Bruins need to push them over the hump this year. If the Bruins manage Iginla’s minutes correctly he may be able to give them solid special teams minutes.
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