Boston Bruins: What Happened to Patrice Bergeron This Season?
What happened to Patrice Bergeron this season? Something doesn’t seem right. Bergeron finished last season with a broken rib and an upper body injury. Throughout all of that he still managed to put points on the board for the Boston Bruins. This year Bergeron looks as if he is going through the motions.
Throughout 25 games this year Bergeron has logged 11 points. He has six goals and a disappointing five assists, but more is expected from a play maker of his caliber. Bergeron is a constant on the power play and is always on the ice in key situations. I understand that Brad Marchand has been a shell of himself this year, and I also understand that Tyler Seguin is no longer with the team. But Bergeron should be able to find guys who can put the puck in the net regardless of who he is playing with. He is too good not to be creating more offense.
I didn’t think the Seguin trade would effect Bergeron the way that it has. Bergeron has been playing with Loui Eriksson and Marchand, but Eriksson is a very different player then Seguin was. Seguin liked playing up around the hash marks, and he created space behind the net for both Bergeron and Marchand. Eriksson is a bigger body who likes to play in front of the net, and the congestion around the net may be one reason that the point production hasn’t been there for either Marchand or Bergeron.
Either way fans will be looking for Bergeron to turn it around. He always comes through when the Bruins need him to most, but I would be lying if I said that his start to the season isn’t a little concerning.