The Boston Bruins have had to start their 2016-17 season without perennial Selke candidate Patrice Bergeron in the lineup.
Now, though, that will change.
It was confirmed on Thursday morning by Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com that Bergeron, who has been out day-to-day for the Bruins through the first week of the season, will debut in the lineup at long last. He’ll replace forward Austin Czarnik in the lineup, as the younger skater has been reassigned to the AHL’s Providence Bruins to make room for Bergeron.
A second round pick from the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 31-year-old Bergeron has become an integral part of Boston’s lineup since first debuting with the club the season he was drafted. He’s gone on to win three Selke Trophies as the NHL’s best defensive forward, one Stanley Cup with the Bruins, and record 238 goals and 618 points through 820 career NHL games.
For the Bruins, the start of the season has been less painful than expected during Bergeron’s absence due to the explosive starts of forwards Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. The duo currently boast seven and six points through three games, respectively, and have combined for six goals through the team’s opening week.
The return of Bergeron to center a line with Marchand, though – and potentially Pastrnak, as well – could turn the team from a good offensive option to a dynamic forward corps.
The Bruins will take on the New Jersey Devils this evening at home in Boston.