28-Year-Old Center – Boston Bruins
David Krejci Contract Information:
Signed a six-year, $43.5 million contract with the Bruins in September 2014.
Krejci (groin) didn't practice Thursday and will likely remain out again Friday versus the Jets, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports.
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David Krejci: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Krejci, who racked up 33 points in 47 regular season games in 2012-13, took things to the next level in the playoffs, notching 26 points in 22 postseason contests. While Krejci has yet to score at an elite clip during the regular season, he remains a highly-skilled setup man who possesses tremendous vision and patience with the puck, with the soft hands necessary to deliver tape-to-tape feeds in traffic. This season he is slated to skate on a line with a pair a power forwards who also posses touch -- Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla. It’s an intriguing combo to say the least. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Krejci can be a streaky player, but if he ever finds the next level of consistency within the Bruins’ balanced attack, he has 90-100 point upside.
While his 62-point output in 79 regular season games last season isn’t dazzling, when he is on, Krejci is a highly skilled setup man who possesses patience with the puck and the soft hands to deliver crisp passes in traffic. After leading the postseason in both goals (12) and points (23) during the Bruins’ 2010-11 Stanley Cup run, perhaps more was expected of Krejci in 2011-12, but he’s part of a very balanced attack and can be a streaky player. Still, if Krejci ever finds the next level of consistency, he has 90-100 point upside.
His 62-point output in 75 regular season games was solid enough, but to anyone paying attention it's obvious that Krejci is a gifted setup man who possesses patience, soft hands and 90-100-point upside. After leading the postseason in both goals (12) and points (23) he's no longer going to fly under the radar, however, so don't expect any bargains on draft day.
Krejci finished the 2009-10 season in a tie with Patrice Bergeron for the Bruins' scoring lead with 52 points in 79 games. Production-wise, that was a step down from his previous season (73 points), but Krejci still has big-time upside as a playmaker. His importance to the team was illustrated when the Bruins -- who found themselves up 3-0 in their playoff series with the Flyers -- went into a free-fall (eventually losing the series) after he went down with a dislocated wrist that required surgery. Krejci expects to be ready to go when training camp opens in September, and the B's can only hope at 100 percent, as his soft hands and deft touch are keys to his game. For now, he slots in as the team's No. 2 playmaking center behind Marc Savard, but his veteran counterpart may be dealt for cap reasons and if that happens it could lead to added responsibility/production for Krejci, who is quite capable of putting up a point-per-game pace, or more.
Despite playing all of the 2008-09 season with an impingement that required surgeons to shave part of his hipbone, Krejci still managed a breakout 73-point effort on top of a league-high plus-37 rating. For that, he was awarded a three-year, $11.25 million deal, a move that shows how confident the Bruins are that Krejci’s hip will not be an ongoing issue. In fact, he didn’t rule out being available for the team’s Oct. 1 opener. A year wiser and presumably more mobile following the repairs, Krejci has the upside to approach the 100-point mark in 2009-10, given his outstanding vision, patience and puck distribution skills.
The 27 points he scored in 56 games are misleading, as Krejci did not light the lamp until his 36th game. He didn't really start flashing his skills until a top line opportunity presented itself late in the season when Marc Savard went down with a back injury. When given more responsibility, Krejci showcased his soft hands and superior vision, in particular on the power play. He has rare patience with the puck for a youngster and as long as he gets the ice time, he could make a fantasy impact this year. At the very least, he is nice endgame pocket pick that could be very productive in stretches this season.
Krejci has a good chance to win a roster spot with the Bruins this year, especially after the team traded Petr Kalus to Minnesota in June. Krejci led the AHL's Providence Bruins in scoring last season, both in the regular season and the playoffs, and finished third in scoring among AHL rookies. He's a highly skilled playmaker with great hockey sense and very soft hands. Right now, he would line up as the team's No. 4 center, although he could be wind up centering the third line if Phil Kessel gets moved to the wing. Either way, don't expect him to see a lot of ice time this season, but he should play a bigger role as time goes by.
Krejci is a gifted playmaker who'll spend this season in Providence. He's a longer-term project so simply monitor his progress for now.