By Stu Laperle on July 30, 2014
The Bruins have a lot of room to improve, and with the departures of Shawn Thornton and Jarome Iginla, the B's backs are up against the way. The opening of the few positions give several players the opportunity to rise above and beyond expectations and these five Bruins have plenty of potential.
Kevan Miller might not light up the score sheet, but he sure does hold down the blue line. He is not the flashiest defensemen, but he isn’t afraid go in front of the net and he does the dirty work.
Reilly Smith netted 20 goals and tossed out 31 assists while starting all 82 games for the Bruins last season. It may be too early to call him ‘Ole Reliable’, but Smith has a lot to contribute.
Some say trade, I say he stays. Whether he is on the ice opening night verse or he enters the lineup midway through the season, Matt Bartkowski will play a role in the Bruins success next season.
Dougie proved to head coach Claude Julien he can hang with the big boys. At 21 years old, Hamilton still has a lot of room to grow despite putting up 25 points in his rookie campaign. Look for him to improve defensively next year and contribute even more on the power play.
The probably jump from the third to first line will really improve the play of Loui Eriksson. He is used to playing alongside the Sedin twins on the Swedish national team, so the promotion with Lucic and Krejci should bring back some confidence.
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