Boston Bruins: 5 Players Who Could Win 7th Player Award
5 Boston Bruins Players Who Could Win the Seventh Player Award
The Seventh Player award is a big deal in Boston. The award is given to the player that has exceeded expectations and plays the Boston Bruins way. The Bruin's are approaching the halfway point of the season. There have been a number of players who have been worthy of this award so far. The Bruins have faced plenty of injuries this season. They have needed players to step up throughout the first half and fill in for the injured veterans.
The Bruins traded Tyler Seguin in the offseason. It drastically impacted their offense. They were able to sign aging veteran Jarome Iginla and replace an injured Loui Eriksson with Reilly Smith. The Bruins have been able to compile a 26-11-2 record by playing Bruins-style hockey. They play solid defense and rely on goals by committee.
Whoever wins the Seventh Player Award is going to need to embody the Bruins style of play. They are going to need to play defense first and still contribute on offense. Brad Marchand won the award a few years ago while scoring 19 goals and being plus-23. The latter is exactly what the Seventh Player Award stands for. Marchand contributed on offense but was stable on defense.
Through the first half of the season, fans have seen enough hockey to be able to tell who is going to be considered for the Seventh Player Award. There is still plenty of hockey left, but there are five guys that should surprise no one if they were to win it.
5. Torey Krug
Torey Krug has been an offensive stud on the power play. The power play has been anemic in Boston over the past few years. Krug has single-handedly made the power play relevant.
4. Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla is an aging star that instantly fit with the team. He is starting to find the back of the net, play short-handed minutes, and drop the gloves whenever necessary. He has been more than an aging veteran so far.
3. Carl Soderberg
Carl Soderberg has exceeded my expectations. There is still plenty of hockey left for him to score more goals and be seriously considered for this award. At this point, he should be considered but shouldn't win it.
2. Milan Lucic
Milan Lucic has exceeded everyone’s expectations in the points department. If he finishes with 25 goals and 50 points, he should win the award.
1. Reilly Smith
Reilly Smith has been the star of the Tyler Seguin trade. He was expected to be a third-line winger. He currently has 14 goals and 16 assists.