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Boston Bruins fantasy preview for 2019-20

Krug has high ceiling in contract year; three forwards among top 25 overall

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, the fantasy hockey staff identifies relevant players from the Boston Bruins. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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Brad Marchand, LW (NHL.com rank: 6) -- The left wing was one of six players in the NHL with at least 100 points and had the most power-play points (34) of his NHL career with constant exposure to elite forwards Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. Marchand, who's tied for third in points per game (1.26) over the past two seasons, belongs among the top 10 rankings for standard leagues but carries some concern after playing with multiple injuries in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and a total of 103 games over the regular season and postseason.

Video: Top 10 plays of 2018-19: Marchand

 

David Pastrnak, RW (8) -- The right wing had at least 80 points (81) for the second straight season and was nearly a 40-goal (38), 40-assist (43) producer despite being limited to 66 games because of injury; that scoring rate would have equated to 101 points over 82 games. Pastrnak, like Marchand, is one of the 10 best overall fantasy options for this season, but it's worth noting he played with a hand injury during Boston's run to the Stanley Cup Final.

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Patrice Bergeron, C (21) -- The center had an NHL career high in points (79) last season despite missing 17 games because of injury. Bergeron brings similar injury and workload concerns as his linemates, but each member of the trio would likely score at least 100 points if healthy for a full season. Bergeron is worth targeting in the second round of drafts and brings added value in leagues with shorthanded points (seven; tied with Marchand for third in NHL).

Video: Top 10 plays of 2018-19: Bergeron

 

Tuukka Rask, G (25) -- The Bruins' starting goalie had an outstanding postseason, going 15-9 with a .934 save percentage and two shutouts. But, in the regular season, Rask had a worse SV% (.912) and fewer shutouts (four) than backup Jaroslav Halak (.922, five) with each playing at least 40 games. Rask is among the top five goalie rankings for this season but brings concerns if he continues to share starts with Halak (potential 2020 unrestricted free agent).

Video: BOS@STL, Gm6: Rask makes 28 saves to backstop Bruins

 

Torey Krug, D (78) -- The defenseman has scored at least 51 points in each of the past three seasons and set an NHL career high in PPP (30) last season. His dominance with the man-advantage continued into the playoffs, when he scored 18 points (12 on power play) in 24 games. Krug is a top 15 fantasy defenseman on the first unit with Marchand, Pastrnak and Bergeron and should be targeted around the top 75 overall entering a contract year (potential 2020 UFA).

Video: BOS@STL,Gm3: Krug nets Bruins' third PPG

 

Charlie McAvoy, D (120) -- He's one of the best 21-or-under defensemen in the NHL and poised to finally translate his real-life value to fantasy production. McAvoy has missed significant time because of injury in each of his first two NHL seasons but remains among the top 30 rankings at the position with exposure to Boston's elite fantasy forwards. He was behind Krug in the power-play picture, but it's worth noting McAvoy was still on an 82-game pace of 43 points.

Video: STL@BOS, Gm1: McAvoy rips shot by Binnington for PPG

 

Other players to consider in late rounds or off waiver wire: David Krejci, C (172); Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW (189); Jaroslav Halak, G; Charlie Coyle, C/RW; Matt Grzelcyk, D; Karson Kuhlman, C/RW

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