28-Year-Old Left Wing – Boston Bruins
Brad Marchand Contract Information:
Signed an eight-year, $49 million contract extension with the Bruins in September of 2016.
Marchand finished with a goal and two power-play assists in Thursday's 7-4 loss to Edmonton.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Following a tumultuous offseason that featured a major talent turnover in the Bruinsí lineup, Marchand remains in the mix, on the heels of a 2014-15 season in which he notched a team-high 24 goals to go along with 42 points and 95 PIM in 77 games. Marchand recorded a plus-5 rating in the process, down from his spiffy mark of plus-36 in 2013-14, but that stat is generally reflective of an overall dip in efficiency team-wide compared to a season earlier, with the Bruins seeing their goal differential drop from plus-84 to plus-2. While the 27-year-old left winger continues to gain experience and mature as a pro, he still profiles as a pesky and energetic agitator whose on-the-edge playing style often infuriates opponents. When he is on, relentless puck pursuit is Marchand's calling card. He also boasts a good offensive skill set, featuring shifty wheels and good hands. Moreover, while Marchandís style occasionally lands him in hot water with the Department of Player Safety, he tends to draw his share of penalties in spite of the fact that NHL referees arenít always inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. But even though the effort and compete level were largely there last season, Marchand was streaky at times, and the Bruins would love to see him display added consistency moving forward, especially with fellow left winger Milan Lucic no longer around. Working in Marchandís favor is that heís slated to remain on a line with superb two-way center Patrice Bergeron, though itís uncertain who will man the right side of the trio following this summer's trade of Reilly Smith. Furthermore, considering all the teamís changes up front, itís plausible that Marchand could see added power-play action this year, though such a potential outcome has yet to be solidified.
Marchand posted 53 points and a plus-36 rating in 82 games last season while manning left wing on the Bruinsí second line, which is centered by Patrice Bergeron. Entering his fifth full season with the Bís, Marchand remains a pesky and energetic agitator whose on-the-edge playing style can infuriate opponents, but is buoyed by his relentless puck pursuit and a good offensive skillset. If Marchand can gain a tad more consistency, and perhaps see added action on the Bruinsí power play, he could see a modest bump in production this season.
Marchand, who led the Bruins with 18 goals and 36 points in 45 regular season games, is a feisty agitator whose on-the-edge game features relentless puck pursuit and good offensive instincts. If Marchand can gain a tad more consistency, 70-75 points are within reach for the speedy left winger, who is projected to skate on a line with star center Patrice Bergeron and newcomer Loui Eriksson.
The energetic Marchand, who racked up 55 points (including 28 goals) and 87 PIMs in 76 games to go along with a tidy plus-31 rating in 2011-12, has, aside from earning a rep as a pesky agitator on the ice, developed into a nice fantasy left winger. That is, when he stays out of trouble with the league. Marchand plays on the edge, and sometimes crosses the line, but when he keeps his cool he boasts a solid all-around game, featuring relentless puck pursuit and good offensive instincts. If Marchand can achieve a bit more consistency, 70-75 points are within reach for the diminutive winger.
The B's feisty rookie forward finished the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 11 goals and eight assists in 25 games and was a force throughout the Stanley Final. Marchand was productive enough in the regular season, scoring 21 goals and 41 points overall, but after seeing the show he put on in the postseason, it's fair to expect more from him in 2011-12. Either way, he's a relentless bundle of energy, who agitates opponents and lifts his teammates. At press time he was a restricted free agent, but he's been clear on his desire to remain in Boston and the Bruins would be foolish not to re-sign their sparkplug for the long haul.
Marchand will be looking to win a steady job with the B's in his third pro season after playing 20 games in Boston last year. He only notched one assist in his stint with the big club, but he's a scrappy player, who is not without some upside on offense, as his 32 points in 34 games with AHL Providence illustrates. His best chance to stick with the Bruins out of camp is to win a spot on the team's energy line, a job that he has a chance to win, but one that doesn't carry much fantasy weight.
Marchand, who projects as a gritty agitator with a little scoring upside, could make a strong case to crack the Bruins' opening roster. Even if he doesn't, he'll be among the team's first call-ups once injuries hit.
The undersized winger will most likely spend the year in Providence, but his non-stop motor could propel him to the B's in time.