4 Younger Bruins Commerce Targets

I first checked out some younger gamers the Philadelphia Flyers may very well be keen on and ask for in a commerce with the New York Rangers. So now, we are going to have a look at one other group that’s anticipated to be huge spenders on the commerce deadline and might have their wants met by the Flyers.

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Once more, the Flyers aren’t going to be asking for draft picks, however more-so gamers or prospects that may assist their group sooner somewhat than later. The Bruins are in win-now mode and regardless that they don’t have nearly as good of a prospect pool because the Rangers, they’ve younger gamers that they need to be prepared to surrender to get one thing they want. Particularly with an growing old group, they will fear about retooling or rebuilding as soon as gamers like Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron be a part of Tuukka Rask in retirement or transfer on.

Listed here are a number of the most probably and appropriate choices the Flyers may ask for in return if the groups do enterprise with each other earlier than the commerce deadline.

Jake DeBrusk

Not the youngest participant, however nonetheless on the level the place he could not have reached his full potential simply but. Jake DeBrusk is the primary man on the checklist and somebody who has requested for a commerce. The Bruins are clearly not in any rush to maneuver him however are positively trying round to seek out the appropriate deal.

DeBrusk had a really spectacular begin to his profession, topping 40 factors in consecutive seasons out of the gate and scoring 27 objectives in his sophomore season. He was scoring at a 0.61 points-per-game tempo and has gone downhill since. He can rating and be a stable middle-six winger, however it seems to be like he’ll want a change in surroundings to get again to the participant he was at first of his profession.

Jake DeBrusk, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

DeBrusk’s function has been considerably diminished and is enjoying with inexperienced or declining veterans. He’s not afraid to hit and performs a method of hockey that may be well-suited for the Flyers in the event that they need to get again to being a tricky group to play towards. The Flyers would have group management and negotiating rights with him since he’s a restricted free agent (RFA) after this season. Ideally, he would be capable to take over James van Riemsdyk’s spot within the middle-six and be efficient on the facility play as nicely for a less expensive worth with a better ceiling.

Urho Vaakanainen/Jakub Zboril

The Bruins have a few younger defence choices that they may very well be prepared to maneuver seeing as 5 of their defence are locked up for at the very least two extra seasons after this one at $3 million AAV (common annual worth) or greater. They’ve had 4 younger defenders compete for enjoying time this season in addition to a few older gamers.

Connor Clifton, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakub Zboril, and Jack Ahcan are all 23-26 years outdated, which is in regards to the time when defencemen usually begin coming into their very own. There isn’t room sufficient for all of them, even when they’re anticipated to be prepared by subsequent season or the season after. Two of them will most probably be dealt if the Bruins keep aggressive for the subsequent couple of seasons, whereas a few of them could have for use as a commerce chip on the commerce deadline.

Talking of the deadline, the Bruins are greater than seemingly going to improve their last spot on the again finish, which means there can be even much less room and time for the younger gamers to get in reps on the NHL degree. All of them are or are very near being NHL-ready, and with the Flyers presumably shedding numerous defencemen to free company within the offseason, they’ll need to herald some extra expertise.

Each Vaakanainen and Zboril are totally different gamers. Vaakanainen is extra dependable defensively whereas Zboril has offensive potential, both of which the Flyers may use of their present system.

Urho Vaakanainen Boston Bruins
Urho Vaakanainen, Boston Bruins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Zboril has a really stable Corsi and Fenwick which signifies that the Bruins managed the puck and had extra shot makes an attempt whereas he was on the ice. A 50 p.c in both is common and he has registered a 58.6 Corsi For share (CF%) and 60 Fenwick For share (FF%). Regardless of enjoying over three fewer minutes per recreation than Vaakanainen, Zboril has been very efficient in a bottom-pairing function, outplaying anybody he’s matched up towards. Sadly, his season is over after profitable surgical procedure for a torn ACL, however it nonetheless wouldn’t be a nasty transfer to accumulate him for the reset in 2022-23.

Vaakanainen begins within the defensive zone 51.7 p.c of the time and performs simply shy of 20 minutes per recreation. He has already been trusted with larger minutes and has additionally hung out on the penalty kill as an choice the Bruins have turned to.

Oskar Steen

Oskar Steen was very efficient in his function as a bottom-six ahead for the Bruins within the 19 video games he spent with the group this season. Sadly, they’ve lots of depth forwards which have some extra expertise that they’ve chosen to run with proper now with a more healthy lineup. He could also be a late-bloomer, however he can be a stable choice for any group’s bottom-six with potential for extra (“Who’s Oskar Steen, and why ought to Bruins followers be excited?”, The Eagle Tribune, Jan. 8, 2022).

Taking part in below 11 minutes an evening, Steen was capable of rating his first two objectives of his profession and put up six factors whereas being bodily and aggressive regardless of his dimension. The Flyers may add somebody along with his drive to their group, as he could have a greater likelihood to compete with the opposite youthful up-and-coming expertise they have already got at ahead.

With the Flyers seemingly out of the playoff race this season and the Bruins firmly in a spot, these two may discover themselves as buying and selling companions as they each have gamers the opposite may use this season and subsequent.