Marchand built on the prior season’s breakout by logging career highs across the board in 2016-17, netting 39 goals and 85 points in 80 games. While the evolution of Marchand’s offensive game has elevated him to elite fantasy status, he hasn't exactly mellowed with age. Set to turn 30 next May, he’s been suspended by the NHL on five separate occasions, including a two-game ban late last season; it’s less than ideal that he’s now viewed as a repeat offender. Still, it’s Marchand’s close-to-the-edge style of play that continues to make the feisty left winger so difficult to compete against. His reputation as an on-ice pest is well earned, but it’s offset by the 5-foot-9, 181-pounder’s relentless puck pursuit, shifty wheels and deft hands. Marchand is once again slated to remain on the Bruins’ top line flanking elite two-way center Patrice Bergeron, and that duo’s outstanding chemistry should lead to another highly productive campaign for both of them.
Marchand completed the 2015-16 season with a team-high 37 goals and 61 points to go along with a plus-21 rating (also a team high) in 77 games. Only two NHL left wingers (Alex Ovechkin and Jamie Benn) found the back of the net more than Marchand did last season. The 28-year-old, who recorded 90 PIM last season, has been suspended on four separate occasions by the NHL for crossing the line in the eyes of the league, but it’s Marchand’s close-to-the-edge style of play that continues to make him a very difficult individual to play against. At times, his reputation as an on-ice pest has overshadowed his dynamic skills, but Marchand’s relentless puck pursuit is complemented by a set of shifty wheels and good hands. While the Bruins’ 2015-16 campaign ended in disappointing fashion, the tireless Marchand is one player who consistently gave the team its money’s worth all season long. Speaking of money’s worth, Marchand has one year left on his current deal with the Bruins and keeping him around for the long haul is viewed as an organizational priority. Heading into the coming season, Marchand is slated to remain on a line with elite two-way pivot Patrice Bergeron, an arrangement that foreshadows another productive year for the two, who finished No. 1 (Bergeron’s, 282) and No. 2 (Marchand, 250) on the team in the shots on goal department.
Following a tumultuous offseason that featured a major talent turnover in the Bruins’ 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 Marchand’s 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 aren’t 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 Marchand’s favor is that he’s slated to remain on a line with superb two-way center Patrice Bergeron, though it’s uncertain who will man the right side of the trio following this summer's trade of Reilly Smith. Furthermore, considering all the team’s changes up front, it’s 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 Bruins’ second line, which is centered by Patrice Bergeron. Entering his fifth full season with the B’s, 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 Bruins’ 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.