It’s easy to be slightly down on the Bruins these days. The early season run has given way to a string of frustrating losses, the latest being a 4-3 L to the Oilers. Once again the Bs were a bit sleepy at the beginning, giving up a goal a minute in to the game, and :14 into the third to top it off. Also, three hit posts just added to the frustration.
But despite last nights disappointing, frustrating loss, it’s hard not to look at the future of this team and think it’s really, really bright. And if you watched any of the recently completed, totally awesome World Junior Championships, you’ll see why.
Player of the Game? Charlie McAvoy, who went 1-1-2 and played 35 freaking minutes, 10 in the overtime alone. He’s the B’s first round pick last year and is at BU now, but you have to think he’s turning pro after the season. And should get his feet wet at the end of the year, particularly if the Bs fall out of it.
Canada’s 2nd goal? Jeremy Lauzon, a 2nd round pick in 2015. A left shot D that didn’t get a ton of ice time on a loaded Canada roster, but chipped in with 3 points and a +5.
Others include Ryan Lindgren, the Bs 2nd round pick in 2016, who missed the gold medal game with an injury but played pretty big minutes beforehand.
This isn’t counting kids like Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, who had a hat trick for BU last night against a good Union team, or Anders Bjork, with 32 points at Notre Dame in only 19 games.
This is just a sample. Say what you will about Don Sweeney, but he has restocked the prospect pool to the point where they’ll be on the team in a year or two, or used as chips in trades.
So patience, Bruins fans. The future is bright despite the present being a bit cloudy.