With the NHL regular season coming to an end, and the Bruins regular season officially over, it’s time to give out season awards for the Bruins roster!
MVP and Offensive Player of The Year- Brad Marchand
This one was easy. 39 Goals and 46 assists to total 85 points on the season, Brad Marchand is the MVP on the Bruins roster. He was essentially the heart of the offense, with also a hint of defense. Marchand was tied for #1 on the team in the Plus/Minus category (goals scored for/against the team while the player is on the ice) with a +/- of 18. ‘The pest’ gets on the other teams heels and does everything he can to apply pressure and force you into a mistake. Agility, speed, and one of the nicest pair of hands in the are the reasons why he is the Most Valuable Player on this team. Also, let’s no forget this beauty of a goal vs the Canucks when he recorded his first hat trick of the season against the Canucks in March. Video Here
Comeback/Emergence Player Of The Year – David Pastrnak
After playing in just 51 games while tallying 15 goals, 11 assists and 26 points during the 2015-2016 season, David Pastrnak had a great breakout season. The young stud racked up 34 goals 36 assists and 70 total points in 2016-2017. With a team high 10 Power Play Goals, Pastrnak was the second most important offensive player on the team. At just 20 years old, Pastrnak sure is looking to be one of the best scoring Left Wing in the entire league. He should provide an excellent future for this Bruins team, and it looks like he’s only going to keep getting better. B’s fans should feel excited to see the future of this team when the rest of their young prospects make their way to the NHL.
Defenseman Of The Year – Zdeno Chara
It wasn’t the best year for the Bruins defense, but they were able to get the job done. And part of that is due to the work of Zdeno Chara. The Captain recorded a 18 +/- (tied for 1st on the team with Marchand) which is marginally better than the 12 +/- he posted last season. He looked like a slightly younger version of himself this year, the big man did everything the Bruins could have ever asked for. Even while partnering with rookie Brandon Carlo, Chara still maintained a high plus/minus rating. While older he still provided serviceable statistics to help Boston propel themselves into the playoffs, which they haven’t done for 2 years.
Rookie Of The Year – Brandon Carlo
This one is kind of a wash. Carlo was the only rookie to play meaningful games this year for the Bruins. He didn’t do too bad of a job, 6 goals 10 assists 16 points 9 +/- and only 59 Penalty Minutes isn’t that bad for a young defenseman playing his first season in the big leagues while on a team where defense really isn’t their strongest unit. Hopefully he was able to learn a lot from playing under Chara’s wing for most of the season. The kid is still very young at only 20 years old so he has a lot of time to improve and turn himself into a solid defenseman that this team can rely on.
Unsung Hero – Tuukka Rask
I’ll be the first to admit, in the beginning of the season I wanted Rask to be traded. I wanted him gone for either young players or high draft picks. I thought his time was up and he needed a new scene. But boy was I wrong. After playing in 65 games while starting in 64, Tuukka posted 37 Wins 20 Losses and 5 Overtime Losses. In those games he recorded a 2.23 GAA (137 Goals against total) and a .915 Save Percentage (SV%). While he wasn’t a brick wall stud, his 37 wins were good enough to get himself 5th place in Wins across the NHL. They were also good enough to give himself a nomination for save of the year, video here. Good season Tuukka, let’s see it carry on over into the playoffs.