Commentary

Bruins need another weapon

Punchless Boston should seek a goal-scorer

Originally Published: June 15, 2010
By Tom Awad and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Paul KariyaScott Rovak/US PresswirePaul Kariya still has something left in the tank that the Bruins could use.

Plugging Holes - Boston Bruins

The Hole: Any kind of scoring

What an incredible drop.

A season ago, the Boston Bruins were second in the NHL in goals for, with 270, and looked to be able to weather the loss of Phil Kessel to Toronto. Instead, the B's lost an incredible 74 goals from their 2008-09 total to finish dead last in the NHL with 196. The culprit: a precipitous drop in shooting percentage. Whereas the Bruins scored on 10.9 percent of their shots the previous season, in 2009-10 they managed to bury only 7.5 percent of them, easily worst in the league. Some of this will bounce back naturally since teams often regress to the mean in shooting percentage. But some was caused by the loss of Kessel, injuries to Marc Savard and Milan Lucic, and reduced effectiveness from Michael Ryder and Dennis Wideman. The Bruins should be looking for some extra scoring, because Tuukka Rask can't bail them out every night.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.