The 8 Best And 7 Worst Boston Bruins Players Since 2000
The state of Massachusetts has existed since the year 1788, and in the almost 230 years since then, the state has managed to become home to some of the most iconic, historic, and successful professional sports franchises in the world. Massachusetts houses teams such as the Boston Celtics, who have won 17 NBA Championships, the New England Patriots who have won 4 Super Bowl titles, and the Boston Red Sox who have won the World Series 8 times. The state though, possesses a team from each of the 4 major North American sports, which means that it also contains a professional hockey team, a team known as the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins were founded in 1924, and have the distinct honor of being one of the National Hockey League’s original six teams, and in their long 93 year history, the franchise has won the coveted Stanley Cup 6 times. Over the decades, the Bruins have had some truly great Hall of Fame players wear their jersey, including the likes of Cam Neely and Phil Esposito, as well as players like Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque, who are considered to be two of the best defensmen to ever play the game of hockey. The team may have had some great players throughout its history, but it has also had some bad players over the years as well, and this list will be focusing on the eight best players that the Bruins have had since the year 2000, as well as 7 of the worst.
15. BEST: TYLER SEGUIN
In every sport, there comes a time when a team agrees to trade a talented player because that player exhibits certain traits off the field of play that the front office staff deem to be problematic for the rest of the locker room; and that was part of the reason why the Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin to Dallas in 2013. Since being traded to Dallas, Seguin has become one of the most potent offensive threats in the entire NHL the past few seasons, and although he is far more experienced now than when he was in Boston, his offensive potential was still plainly evident when he debuted as an 18 year old in 2010. The Bruins selected Seguin 2nd overall in 2010, and in his first season with the team he not only scored 11 goals and 22 points, but he was also rather important in the team’s Stanley Cup win that year. In just 3 seasons with Boston, Seguin was able to score 56 goals and 121 points in 203 games.
14. WORST: LOUI ERIKSSON
When the Bruins traded Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars, fans expected that the team would receive a decent amount of compensation in return, and the major component of what Dallas sent back to Boston was Loui Eriksson. The Swedish winger was taken by Dallas 33rd overall in 2003, and he ended up spending parts of 7 seasons with the Stars, where by the 2008-09 season, he became one of the team’s best 2 forwards. When Boston traded for Eriksson, they expected that they would be getting the same player who could score over 70 points, but in his first 2 seasons with the Bruins, he scored a combined 84 points. It is true that last season was his best year with Boston statistically, where he scored 30 goals and 63 points, but a lot of that could be chalked up to the fact that he was playing for a new contract, which he got from Vancouver, where so far he is underperforming.
13. BEST: BRAD MARCHAND
In hockey, there are players who are considered pests, players who get on the nerves of everyone on the opposition, but these pests also happen to usually be beloved by their own teammates, and Brad Marchand is one of these pests. Marchand was drafted by Boston in 2006 at 71st overall, and although he debuted with the team in 2009, he did not become a permanent member of the team’s roster until the 2010-11 season. He may in fact be considered a pest, but unlike most of the players who fit under this category, Marchand happens to actually be a talented player, as he currently happens to be one of the team’s top scorers. In parts of 8 seasons now with the Bruins, Marchand has scored 158 goals and 305 points in 470 games.
12. WORST: JORDAN CARON
Every professional sports team draft players who they expect big things from. but end up turning out to be duds, and this has happened to the Bruins as well, and several of those duds will be appearing on this list. Jordan Caron is one of these players, and he was actually a very good player while he was in junior, and it was because of his performance that Boston drafted him late in the 1st round in 2009. Caron may have been a decent point getter in junior and the minors, but he was never able to be productive whenever he was brought up to the main roster. Caron spent his tenure with Boston split between the main roster and the minors, where in 134 games he scored only 12 goals and 28 points; and if you think he just could not thrive in the Bruins’ system, he scored 0 points last season in 23 games split between both Colorado and St. louis.
11. BEST: JOE THORNTON
Tyler Seguin is not the only talented player that the Bruins have traded away, and as it turns out, just like Seguin, Joe Thornton went on to remain a point producing machine after he was traded-to the point that he has been one of the most productive players in the NHL the past 10 years. Boston selected Thornton 1st overall in 1997, and went on to debut with the team later that same year, where he remained on the Bruins’ main roster until 2005 when he was traded to the San Jose Sharks. In his time with San Jose, Thornton has basically been a point-per-game player, but he also had that level of production when he was with Boston, where in 532 games, he was able to score 169 goals and 454 points.