NHL 19: Boston Bruins Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

Can you take the Boston Bruins to glory with this roster?


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Just as the Boston Bruins looked to be on the slide and in need of a rebuild, they suddenly sprouted an almighty crop of young stars who have helped to vault the Bruins and their aging core of superstars back to the competitive end of the Atlantic Division. With bucket-loads of strength and two-way play throughout the lines, the Bruins are a tough team to beat and could continue to improve over the next couple of seasons. Right now, Boston is best considered as a dark horse for the Stanley Cup, given the competition in their own division.

Patrice Bergeron, Center, 90 OVR

Age: 33
Role: Two-Way Center
Height: 185cm
Weight: 88kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: 95 Faceoffs, Stick Checking. 94 Defensive Awareness

Patrice Bergeron is the most influential Bruin on the ice, with his immense ability in the faceoff circle meaning that his team gets the puck far more often than not. Last season, despite missing 18 games, Bergeron posted 30 goals, 33 assists, and a lofty +21 rating, which extended to another 16 points in 11 playoff games. This season, also dampened by some time out, Bergeron had 26 points in 19 games as well as a 55.7 faceoff win percentage through 436 duels. 

Charlie McAvoy, Defenseman, 85 OVR

Age: 20
Role: Two-Way Defenseman
Height: 183cm
Weight: 94kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: 89 Defensive Awareness. 88 Stick Checking, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power

After breaking into the NHL last season, Charlie McAvoy is proving that he can be the cornerstone, elite-level defenseman that every serious Stanley Cup contender needs in the future. His rookie season saw the then-teenager score 32 points in 63 games with a +20 rating. He started this season incredibly well with six points in seven games but was forced to miss a huge chunk of games due to issues with a concussion. 

Tuukka Rask, Goaltender, 90 OVR

Age: 31
Role: Hybrid Goaltender
Height: 191cm
Weight: 80kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 92 Rebound Control, Recover. 91 Angles, Glove Low, Stick Low, Agility, Speed, Vision

It wasn’t long ago that people were questioning the ability of Finnish netminder Tuukka Rask. But now, with a revitalized team in front of him, the long-time Bruins goalie has stepped up to prove that he is one of the league’s premier goaltenders. His three shutouts, 2.36 goals against average, and .917 save percentage were decent stats, with him maintaining a .915 save percentage through 12 starts this season.

NHL 19 Boston Bruins Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Boston Bruins’ first lines start. This is a strong, defensive, and mobile unit all around, with Bergeron being the premier playmaker on the ice. Both Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are top-class goal scorers while Zdeno Chara can bring down the hammer from the blueline.

Brad Marchand (88) – Patrice Bergeron (90) – David Pastrnak (87)
Zdeno Chara (85) – Charlie McAvoy (85)
Tuukka Rask (90) 

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Best Stats

Brad Marchand

88

Two-Way Left Wing

175cm

30

Left

92 Offensive Awareness, Wrist Shot Accuracy. 91 Slap Shot Accuracy, Aggressiveness

David Pastrnak

87

Right Wing Playmaker

183cm

22

Right

93 Deking. 92 Hand-Eye, Puck Control

Zdeno Chara

85

Two-Way Defenseman

206cm

41

Left

94 Balance, Strength. 92 Body Checking, Shot Blocking

Torey Krug

84

Offensive Defenseman

175cm

27

Left

90 Slap Shot Power, Offensive Awareness, Puck Control, Passing, Deking

David Krejci

83

Playmaker Center

183cm

32

Right

89 Discipline. 88 Stick Checking. 87 Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness, Endurance, Slap Shot Power

Jake Debrusk

82

Left Wing Sniper

183cm

21

Left

88 Slap Shot Power. 87 Offensive Awareness, Wrist Shot Power

John Moore

82

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

27

Left

89 Speed. 88 Stick Checking, Slap Shot Power

Danton Heinen

81

Two-Way Center

185cm

23

Left

86 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Agility, Acceleration

Brandon Carlo

81

Defensive Defenseman

196cm

21

Right

88 Slap Shot Power, 87 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Balance, Wrist Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength

David Backes

81

Power Forward Center

191cm

34

Right

90 Body Checking, Strength, Balance

Kevan Miller

80

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

30

Right

88 Strength, Body Checking, Aggressiveness, Balance, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking

Matt Grzelcyk

79

Offensive Defenseman

175cm

24

Left

90 Discipline. 86 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Speed, Agility, Acceleration

Joakim Nordstrom

78

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

26

Left

87 Strength. 86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Wrist Shot Power, Durability, Speed, Agility, Acceleration

Anders Bjork

78

Two-Way Left Wing

183cm

22

Left

85 Durability, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Discipline, Acceleration, Speed

Sean Kuraly

77

Two-Way Center

188cm

25

Left

85 Balance, Durability, Body Checking, Aggressiveness, Strength, Slap Shot Power

Lee Stempniak

76

Two-Way Right Wing

180cm

35

Right

86 Slap Shot Power, Discipline. 85 Wrist Shot Power, Strength, Agility

Noel Acciari

76

Two-Way Center

178cm

26

Right

87 Discipline, Balance, Strength

Chris Wagner

76

Two-Way Center

183cm

27

Right

86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength, Balance

Daniel Winnik

75

Two-Way Left Wing

188cm

33

Left

88 Discipline. 86 Shot Blocking, Strength

Jaroslav Halak

80

Hybrid Goaltender

180cm

33

Left

87 Aggressiveness, Agility, Speed, Vision

Ryan Donato, Center, 78 OVR

Age: 22
Role: Two-Way Center
Height: 183cm
Weight: 82kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: Top 6 med

The Boston Bruins are very strong up the middle, but David Backes, David Krejci, and Patrice Bergeron are all closing in on their mid-30s. Ryan Donato’s 81 defensive awareness, 87 stick checking, 77 faceoffs, 80 poise, and 81 strength give him a strong base to push for a top-six role and fill the void created by Backes or Krejci showing signs of age over the next couple of seasons. 

Boston has built a strong pool of prospects that fit the two-way style of play preferred by the team while also taking a chance on some more flair-filled players who use speed and finesse – fitting in well with the way that the modern game is evolving. Urho Vaakanainen and Jakub Zboril could be a future top-four defensive pairing while Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Zach Sanyshyn are nearly NHL ready.

NHL 19 Boston Bruins Top Prospects

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Potential

Jakub Lauko

56

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

18

Left

Top 9 low

Daniel Bukac

58

Defensive Defenseman

196cm

19

Right

AHL Top 2 med

Cedric Pare

60

Power Forward Center

188cm

19 

Left

Bottom 6 med

Urho Vaakanainen

61

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

19

Left

Top 4 med

Jack Studnicka

61

Playmaker Center

183cm

19

Right

Top 9 med

Joona Koppanen

62

Left Wing Playmaker

196cm

20

Left

Bottom 6 med

Oskar Steen

63

Center Grinder

173cm

20

Right

Bottom 6 med

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson

75

Two-Way Center

185cm

21

Right

Top 9 med

Zach Senyshyn

72

Right Wing Sniper

188cm

21

Right

Top 6 med

Jakub Zboril

71

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

21

Left

Top 4 med

Jeremy Lauzon

70

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

21

Left

Top 6 med

Jesse Gabrielle

64

Left Wing Grinder

183cm

21

Left

Bottom 6 med

Dan Vladar

67

Hybrid Goaltender

196cm

21

Left

Backup high

Kyle Keyser

56

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

19

Left

AHL Starter med

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