There is a lot of work for Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney to do over the offseason if this team is going to make a deep run in the playoffs during the 2022-23 NHL season.
The B’s roster has serious flaws, particularly at center, where Patrice Bergeron’s future is the biggest storyline impacting the team. But Boston’s issues go beyond center. This team has a concerning lack of scoring depth, and that was evident in the first-round playoff series loss to the Carolina Hurricanes when 15 of the 18 goals scored by Boston forwards were from the top-six.
With not many free agents to re-sign and no first-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft, Sweeney might have to get creative in the trade market to make impactful upgrades to this group.
Here’s a Bruins roster reset with an update on the team’s top prospects as the offseason ramps up.
- Patrice Bergeron
- Erik Haula
- Charlie Coyle
- Tomas Nosek
- Curtis Lazar
- Trent Frederic
Center will be a closely watched position this offseason. Bergeron leaving would be a massive blow to the team. Not only is he still Boston’s most valuable forward and an elite player, the franchise is woefully unprepared to replace him. Sure, replacing a Hall of Famer is always going to be tough, but the Bruins’ lackluster drafting and poor player development at the position has left them with zero prospects or players already on the NHL…