Milan Lucic has been doing exactly what the Boston Bruins need him to do. He has been physical, he shakes it up and, most importantly, he’s challenged one or two players to throw down, so far. I can’t say that I’m surprised that everyone hasn’t been willing to take Lucic up on his offer, but either way, it was refreshing to see the Milan Lucic of old.
While Lucic finished today’s game with a goal and he finished the game against the Colorado Avalanche with twelve penalty minutes and a -1 rating, it looked as though he was one of the better Bruins on the ice and that’s a good thing .
I have said before, his forechecking and physical presence creates more room for Jarome Iginla and David Krejci. We have already seen that a few times this year. The only problem is Iginla is still scoreless and he continued that trend as every shot that he did take was square into the stomach of the goalie against the Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Look for the Bruins to improve on this over time. If they don’t look for head coach Claude Julien to pair a better goal scorer with Lucic, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to put him with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron just to switch it up. I am sure both those guys would love some open ice to work with. With Lucic’s point production being what it is right now, not only is he an important player for the Bruins, but he should start to become a very viable fantasy option.
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