David Pastrnak: There is no better word for Number 88 than stud. Currently, tied second in the NHL in goals scored with 13, Pasta has developed into the offensive weapon the Bruins imagined when they drafted him. He’s excelled on the first line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and is the perfect compliment to their games. Given the Bruins emphasis on team defense, his scoring pace might not last but it’s very encouraging the B’s can count on Pastrnak for a couple highlight-reel plays every night.
Dominic Moore: The Poster Boy for the success of the bottom two lines has been everything the B’s expected and more since signing with the team prior to training camp. Moore has already equaled his goal total from last season but it’s really what he does that doesn’t show up in the box score that has been a boon for the Bruins. He’s a hard worker and plays with an edge that B’s have been looking for ever since the breakup of the famed Merlot line of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton.
Tuukka Rask(again!): Last night’s game in Philadelphia should be enough evidence to put Tuuk in the Stud category for the second straight month. His play is arguably the main reason for the team staying afloat, if he plays at last season’s level, the B’s would likely be in the basement of the Eastern Conference. His play can definitely be attributed to the improved defensive play of players like Colin Miller and Zdeno Chara. Rask will need to be at the top of his game in the next few weeks as the Bruins deal with the injuries to Chara and John-Michael Liles.
Ryan Spooner: With just four goals in his last ten games, Spooner has been put all over the lineup to try to get him going and nothing has worked. The 24-year old has been in Claude Julien’s doghouse seemingly for years, the potential is certainly there but I believe it may be time to move on. He’s put up just eight points in 22 games and doesn’t look good especially defensively and has been a minus player the last year or so.
Joe Morrow: The young defenseman has yet to hit his stride and has struggled against top lines. Morrow was one of the young defenseman expected to step up this year and hasn’t done it and hasn’t really showed many positive signs. He has only played 10 games so perhaps he maybe needs more time but these next few games will be interesting to watch given the B’s injury situation.
Riley Nash: Nash has moved around the lineup just like Spooner and has struggled to find consistency. Obviously I don’t expect much offensively from a guy who’s been a career third-liner but he hasn’t scored since early November and really struggled when he was put on the first line when Pastrnak was out with an injury. It was mind-boggling to put him on a line that up until recently had been very quiet and hasn’t produced much offense. The Bruins need to find a good line fit for Nash or he’ll still struggle.