Boston Bruins report card: No. 46 David Krejci
Name: David Krejci
Weight: 177 lbs
Contract: $3.75 million — RFA in 2012
Line combinations (dobberhockey.com)
Regular season: Milan Lucic & Nathan Horton 58.97% & 25.92% on PP
Playoffs: Lucic & Horton 57.35% & 38.85% on PP
2010-11 NHL Stats:
Regular season: 75 GP, 13-49–62, plus-23, 28 PIM, 157 SOG
Playoffs: 12-11–23, plus-8, 10 PIM, 57 SOG
Anthony’s take: Since joining the Bruins in the 2007-08 season Krejci has always shown his offensive talent. During his first few years in Boston he showed flashes of great all-around-play, but it was very inconsistent. Then came the 2010 Winter Olympics. Playing for his home country of Czechoslovakia Krejci was tremendous for his native land, playing great two-way-hockey and frankly doing everything right. Bruins fans (my-self included) wanted to know where this Krejci was when he suited up for the Bruins.
When Krejci returned to the Bruins after the Olympics, he was that very excellent Krejci we all wanted to see. Over the past season in a half Krejci has been one of the Bruins best two-way-forwards. In four fewer games this season, Krejci increased his point total by 10 points. Krejci tied Milan Lucic for team led in points with 62.
It was in the postseason where Krejci really shined. Krejci led the entire playoffs in points with 23, one more then Henrik Sedin. Krejci was nearly perfect for the Bruins in their run to the Stanley Cup Title. Krejci came up with numerous clutch goals, and set up some huge Bruins goals.
Final grade: A-
Marino’s grade: In the regular season, Krejci topped the Bruins’ charts with 62 points and 49 assists. Krejci posted 30 of those in his last 34 games played without top pivot Marc Savard, as he moved up the pecking order and became the B’s No. 1 center.
But it’s in the post season where No. 46 earns his paycheck. Year-in and year-out, Krejci elevates his game to a new level, and is/was simply the best offensive player donning the spoked-B. It’s hard to imagine that the NHL’s playoffs points leader (23) had just one in his first seven games — 1-0-1, minus-1 against Montreal. After a Round 1 hiccup, Krejci went on a tear, tallying 22 more points in the final 18 post season contest: 4-5–9 vs. PHI; 5-2–7 vs. TBL; 2-4–6 vs. VAN.
Whether Savard retires or not, the Bruins have their legitimate No. 1 center for at least one more season in David Krejci.
Final grade: A-