Top 5 Bruins skaters

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It’s awfully hard to improve upon the season the Boston Bruins pieced together this past year, as they fell just a pair of wins short of capturing glory. The Black and Gold benefited from the production of several different guys who stepped up their game at key points throughout the course of the 2012-2013 campaign and playoffs.

Boston boasts numerous talented skaters in a battle tested, veteran laden lineup. The Bruins arguably upgraded their overall team skill, despite parting ways with the young, yet promising Tyler Seguin in favor of adding Loui Eriksson (via Dallas) and Jarome Iginla (via free agency).

It’s quite tempting to take a stab at ranking the top dogs on the club, especially when looking the Bruins roster over from top to bottom. With future Hall-of-Famer’s, All-Stars and up and coming studs filling out the ranks, who cracks the top five skaters (not including the goalie position) on the team?

Here are my top five Bruins skaters:

5. Milan Lucic

Lucic is a guy who could easily be a top three player on this list though the inconsistencies that plague him during the course of season hold him back. On the flip side, when on his game, Lucic is as dominant as they come. His size and strength can be overwhelming for those who try and slow him down. Milan’s bone jarring hits coupled with his imposing net front presence provide the Bruins with game-changing ability. Lucic is always a threat to score around the cage.

Milan seems to rise to the occasion when the lights shine the brightest, compiling some impressive postseason statistics, as he registered 7 goals and 12 assists in 22 playoff games.

4. Loui Eriksson

Playing in Dallas, Eriksson has flown under the radar much of his career. He’ll have the opportunity to showcase the top-tier level that he plays at with the Bruins. Eriksson is known for his commendable offensive output, considering he has surpassed the 70-point plateau in each of the last three full seasons.

Not only can Eriksson fill up the score sheet, he is a responsible defender as well. The 6-foot-2 winger will fit perfectly in Claude Julien’s defense first system. He’s highly intelligent and will likely find himself flourishing alongside Patrice Bergeron. Eriksson is a sniper who many feel is more well rounded then Tyler Seguin.

3. David Krejci

Krejci is arguably the most talented offensive player on the Bruins. His nifty passing and lethal shot make him a threat whenever on the ice. He seems to thrive in pressure packed situations. Krejci has excelled during the past two Stanley Cup runs, while leading the league in scoring this past spring. The Czech Republic native posted 26 points on 9 goals and 17 assists.

Krejci has quietly added another dimension to his game in addition to a well-rounded offensive attack. He’s been developing defensively, showing an increased physical presence in his own end and along the boards. With little doubt, Krejci is one the most underrated center men in the NHL.

2. Zdeno Chara

It goes without saying what Zdeno Chara brings to the Bruins year in and year out. He’s been one of the game’s best shutdown defenseman and totally alters the landscape for opposing teams through his presence alone. The Boston captain logs unprecedented minutes and factors into much of the success they have in recent years.

Chara relies on his outstanding positioning and sheer strength in stifling whoever may attempt to beat him. Boston’s overall goaltending success and minuscule GAA per game is largely in part due to Chara’s stellar play.

1. Patrice Bergeron

Bergeron epitomizes what it means to be a member of the Black and Gold. He wears his heart on his sleeve, brings it full tilt and possesses an uncanny flair for the dramatic. No matter the situation, time or place, Bergeron can accomplish whatever he is called upon for.

Being a perennial Selke Trophy candidate, Bergeron’s effectiveness in all three zones makes him an easy choice for tops on the Bruins. Need to win a key draw? Bergeron will win it. Have to keep an offensive juggernaut off the board? Patrice will hinder him every step of the way. Trailing in a pivotal playoff game? Not to worry, Bergeron will find the back of the net.

He is the ultimate teammate and is always willing to do whatever it takes to earn a victory. Bergeron isn’t the most vocal of leaders because he lets his play speak for itself.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – Title Town Sports Network

Follow along with Frank on Twitter: @BruinsHub

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