Bruins Daily Player of the Week: Feb. 4-10, 2013
What’s Bruins with the Bruins by Chris Chirichiello of Bruins Daily
(Credit: Getty) Krejci scored the game-winner vs. Montreal last Wednesday while adding an assist. He also had another assist in the Bruins 3-1 victory last night vs. Buffalo.
As the Bruins are off to their best 10 game start in franchise history (8-1-1), David Krejci has been in the middle of all the fun leading the team with 10 points including three goals and seven helpers.
In games versus the Canadiens and Sabres last week, Krejci assisted on Tyler Seguin’s game tying goal before netting the game winning goal in Montreal in their 2-1 come-from-behind win. Last night, Krejci added another assist on Milan Lucic’s empty net goal that saw the B’s even up the season series with the Sabres after a 3-1 victory in Buffalo.
Krejci has two game-winning goals on the short season that ranks him fifth in the league and his plus seven while on the ice ranks him in the top 10 of a very crucial category in the eyes of head coach Claude Julien.
Looking for a spark in the third period versus the Canadiens last Wednesday night, Julien finally shuffled the lines and put Seguin and Krejci together resulting in two goals in a three-minute span. Bruins fans have been wondering why these two playmakers have not seen more action together, but Julien likes to stick to his guns (i.e. Chris Bourque still seeing time on the Bruins power play).
Krejci is having a spectacular year thus far for the black and gold and not just because his statistics. His consistency has been great through the teams first 10 games of the 2013 season. Krejci’s hockey IQ, his soft hands and his vision while on the ice are intangibles that do not show up in the stat sheet, but make his teammates around him that much better.
Many Bruins fans want to ship Krejci out in a blockbuster deal to try and land Bobby Ryan or something to that degree, but fans don’t appreciate what we have in Krejci. He has been the definition of consistency whether you agree or not. Since the 2008-2009 season, Krejci has had at least 52 points in each season while playing at least 75 games. He had 51 assists in 2008-2009, 35 in 2009-2010, 49 during the Stanley Cup run and 39 last season. Krejci has seven this year in 10 games and he is off to another solid campaign.Krejci is a playmaker and fans need to accept him for who he is.
Nonetheless, Krejci is off to a very hot start in 2013.
Here is a video of Krejci’s game-winner against the Habs from Wednesday night