Loui Erikkson: He has been on fire recently his first career hat trick against Minnesota that has kick started a strong run by the B’s. He is now the player they expected to inherit from the Tyler Seguin deal. Look for him to stay consistent especially with the power play still working to perfection.
Frank Vatrano: The B’s felt his presence immediately as he scored in his first career game against the Canadiens. His aggressiveness has paid off as he’s been playing mostly with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. It’s no coincidence that the Bruins have upped their game in recent weeks after inserting the East Longmeadow native.
Brad Marchand: With the B’s struggling a few weeks ago, they had been searching for a player to lead the team. Number 63 has stepped up his play of late and its showing in the standings. One of the strong guys in the locker room he has been arguably the best B’s player in the month of November. He needs to cut down on bad penalties but other than that he’s been almost flawless.
Ryan Spooner: His play has really suffered on the defensive end. He still is showing his youth with bad turnovers. But his offensive game is keeping him at the NHL level. He has been absolute money on the power play and showed he can come up big in the clutch as he tallied the tying goal Friday against the Rangers. I admit it was tough for me to put him here but he’s gotta cut down on the turnovers.
The Fourth Line: For years the fourth line has been ridiculously good for the Black and Gold. Known as the “Merlot Line” with Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell, they were one of the if not the best in the league. The fourth line this year has been in serious flux because they still haven’t found an effective group. If they can get a good consistent group that would go a long way. The likes of Joonas Kemppainen, Zac Rinaldo, Max Talbot just have not been doing the job.
Brett Connolly: He has cooled off considerably after a hot start. Like Spooner he makes too many mistakes, such as turning the puck over and trouble in his own zone evidenced by the Rangers second goal on Friday as Connolly failed to clear the puck out and Rick Nash cashed in. He had a huge and I mean huge goal later in that game but he needs to be consistent and be the goal scorer the B’s expect him to be.