Summer Skate: Boston Bruins

With Tim Thomas taking time off, Tuukka Rask steps into the spotlight

Updated: September 10, 2012, 4:00 PM ET
By Matthew Coller and Craig Custance |
Hockey Prospectus/ESPN Insider
Tim Thomas, Tuukka RaskTravis Golby/Getty ImagesTuukka Rask will have the crease all to himself in Boston.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Boston Bruins. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Boston Bruins

There were few bigger surprises in the postseason than the Bruins losing to the Washington Capitals in seven games. Boston brings back many members of a super talented club that dominated on offense, defense and puck possession in 2011-12. The Bruins have a budding superstar in Tyler Seguin, the best two-way player in hockey in Patrice Bergeron, and the best defenseman in Zdeno Chara.

One player they won't be bringing back, however, is Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Tim Thomas, who is taking the season off. Now, the reins go into the hands of trusty backup Tuukka Rask, who, with an incredibly talented group in front of him, has a chance for a Vezina of his own.