A look at the 23 players who have made the Boston Bruins’ Opening Night roster

A look at the 23 players who have made the Boston Bruins’ Opening Night roster

The roster for the Bruins’ follow-up performance to the best regular season in NHL history features a mix of new and familiar faces.

Who will wear the Black and Gold in 2023–2024?


He is now serving as captain.
Marchand, the team’s heart, soul, and plasma, will set the tone and attitude.
Marchand, who is still a masterful and imaginative playmaker, has a remarkable ability to change direction and speed.
He reminds me of Barry Sanders on skates. He doesn’t back down from anyone, and his teammates adore him as a result.
Contrarians? Not so much.

David Pastrnak, 27, 6-0, 196 pounds.

This talented offensive threat has developed into an all-around player after riding with Patrice Bergeron and Marchand for so many years.
He is more accountable in each of the three zones than any player with 60 goals should be.
We’d even venture to say that his one-timer is .
like Alexander Ovechkin.
will act as the captain’s backup.

Age: 26, 6-4, 207-pound Pavel Zacha.

will likely make the transition from wing to center without any hiccups, with Pastrnak controlling the right wing dot. when he filled in for Bergeron last season ., he gave hints of things to come.
He will succeed thanks to his enviable combination of size, strength, and vision.

6-3, 208-pound James van Riemsdyk, age 34.

After years of jeering the former University of New Hampshire star while he played for the Flyers and Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins supporters will now finally get to support him.
He’s a net-front menace and has good hands, so he can pick up the trash and put it where it belongs.
can also snipe while in the dots.

31-year-old Charlie Coyle, 6-3, 218.

Dot is just a difficult opponent to play against.
He shields the puck from defenders by using his reach and frame to block shots.
able to take blows without losing his stride dot.
He is an excellent passer and can successfully pass the puck from impossible angles to his linemates.
It is required to mention that he developed his hockey skills at Boston University after honing them in Weymouth. (Yes, we are aware of your knowledge.

Jake DeBrusk, age 26, height 6 1 and weight 198.

Possibly set up for a breakthrough season.
uses his acceleration to gain separation and reach the net dot.
In a time when too many shoot for the belly ., he gets his shots off quickly and is an expert at picking corners.
After withdrawing his trade request, he made a nice adjustment.
But will the Bruins give him his big payday?

Age: 25, 6-3, 220 pounds, Trent Frederic.

He was a natural center growing up, but he has developed into a dependable and tough winger, and the coaching staff prefers him there.
He won’t back down from a fight and occasionally drops the gloves.
finished the previous season with 17 goals and 31 points in 79 games, but his plus-28 is the real eye-popper.

35-year-old Milan Lucic, 6-3, 236.

For fan favorite Lucic, who is most likely going to be a physical force .
in the bottom six, Act 2 in Boston will be a little different.
You can rely on him to get his teammates fired up and discourage opponents from taking risks (hello, Matthew Tkachuk) by rattling cages and occasionally filling them. Any offensive punch (pun intended) is welcome.

6-1, 193 lb.
Jakub Lauko, 23 yrs.

With his skating and unrelenting ., Lauko, an energy guy, pumps up the crowd. Will need to contribute more often to the scoreboard (four goals, seven points in 23 games) in order to keep his spot.

Danton Heinen, 6-2, 195, 28 years of age.

He was a reliable and astute pro who made the most of his camp tryout by staying close to the puck dot. player in all three zones who is responsible.
can easily integrate and plug into any line.

19-year-old Matt Poitras, 5-11, 180 pounds.

A sneaky little bugger who appears to be getting better and better with each camp session and exhibition game.
Beginning on Wednesday, the shots will actually fly, and the young player will have to prove he can compete with the older boys during what amounts to a 10-game audition before a decision is made about whether he stays or returns to his junior club.

John Beecher, age 22, 6-3, 216 pounds.

Similar to Poitras, Beecher took advantage of his summertime opportunity by flashing his physicality, creativity, and speed.
Between Lucic and Lauko, could begin as the fourth-line center.

25-year-old Morgan Geekie, 6-3, 202.

Throughout camp .’s final week, savvy veteran has risen.
either a center or a wing position. Strong on faceoffs and an expert at cutting through narrow spaces to reach the crease.


25-year-old Charlie McAvoy, 6-1, 209 pounds.

McAvoy, a puck-lugging workhorse, is one of a select group of blue liners who ought to be mentioned in relation to the Norris Trophy for the foreseeable future. Plays in all circumstances, and this season, his power-play time (and consequently, his point output), will probably increase.
He will wear an “A” . this season because of the respect that he is earning from his teammates and peers.
When Chucking Charlie is roaring down the tracks, opponents have learned they must keep their eyes in the back of their heads.
He is a confident and crunching open-ice hitter.

29-year-old Hampus Lindholm, 6-4, 224.

He’s No. 2 in terms of elite defenders.
In McAvoy’s No. 1 dot.
Few teams have the luxury of fielding two defenders of the highest caliber.
With the puck on his stick, he displays exceptional poise; there is no sign of fright in his play.
In the postseason, Lindholm and McAvoy might team up (think Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg in 2011). It wouldn’t be surprising to see him mentioned in the Norris debate at the exact end of the season.
He struggled despite having a broken foot during last season’s playoff elimination because, well, he’s a hockey guy.

26-year-old Brandon Carlo, 6-5, 217 lbs.

This towering defender with the baby face wasn’t even a rookie a week ago, so how on earth is this Carlo’s eighth season?
He skates with strength and fluidity, breaking up plays and frustrating opponents with his reach.
Unlike McAvoy and Lindholm, he doesn’t always administer punishment, but he will clear the front of the net during a penalty kill.
It says a lot about the defensive depth on this team that he could be the third pairing’s anchor.

29-year-old Matt Grzelcyk, 5-10, 180 lbs.

Being one of the swiftest skaters on the team, his remarkable . ability to switch from forward to backward without losing any speed is. The Bruins want their defense to join the offensive momentum, which should fit Grzelcyk’s playing style.
appears to perform at his best when paired with McAvoy ., another BU product.
His toughness is undeniable, but he occasionally gets physically outmatched.
Hey, he’s from Charlestown.

Derek Forbort, 6-4, 216, and 31 years old.

On the PK ., one individual may act as a wrecking ball. Has a long reach and will use his stick to intercept passes; if an opponent gets too comfortable at the net front ., he may also lay it into the lower back of the opponent.
uses some bite .s to play.
Forbort’s dog, Darla, is somewhat of a star in her own right and this summer’s “Da Beauty” league playoffs saw her sit on the bench.

Kevin Shattenkirk, 34, is 6-0 and 203 pounds.

Shattenkirk, the third BU Terrier in the group, is back in Boston to give the rearguard corps . some seasoned leadership and offensive punch.
Shattenkirk is a superb all-around skater and puck mover who can fit into any pairing and excel dot. excellent vision and creativity.

Mason Lohrei, 6-5, 211, and 22 years old.

had a standout camp and some impressive preseason performances that proved he belonged.
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana player is very intelligent on the ice (it runs in the family) and has a clear flair for offense.
Native .s his skates with assurance and calmness.
For his bones to stand up to the rigors of NHL play, he will need to put on some weight.

Ian Mitchell, age 24, 6-0, 192.

Mitchell, who was acquired as part of the Taylor Hall-Nick Foligno trade, had a good camp and surprised people by being willing to join the offensive flow dot.
played at the University of Denver under Jim Montgomery.
Despite the large number of men ahead of him, the presence of Mitchell in Providence gives the varsity player depth and a sense of security.


30 years old, 6-4, 213, Linus Ullmark.

Ullmark was outstanding during last season’s record-breaking regular season, which resulted in a Vezina Trophy ..
He was sinewy and smooth.
At least once per game ., he’ll have snipers shaking their heads incredulously.
In general, he is a safe puck handler .
and has good lateral mobility.
The fact that most of his blue line is back, with the exception of Connor Clifton, should help him earn more victories.

Jeremy Swayman, age 24, height 6-3, weight 195.

Swayman, the other member of the Jennings Trophy-winning pair, would unquestionably rank No. Most of the other 31 rosters all have a .
for 1. It wouldn’t be shocking if these two worked almost equally this season.
athletic with a quick glove touch. Usually makes the routine saves and adds a few crazy ones for good measure.


On Sunday, the roster was adjusted once more. The Bruins released forward A.
Patricia Brown and Greer. The three players who were released on Saturday—forwards Jesper Boqvist and Oskar Steen, and defenseman Jakub Zboril—cleared and were given a new team, Providence.
If they pass waivers on Monday, Greer and Brown might also end up with the Baby B’s.


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