A look at Santa Claus' list for the Boston Bruins


It’s the most wonderful time of year for giving and receiving gifts, so it seems only appropriate to see what’s under the Christmas tree for all the members of the Boston Bruins this season. As a jolly old elf once said, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Hope it’s a happy and healthy one for everybody! Here’s Santa’s list for the Black and Gold:

Patrice Bergeron: Good health for the rest of the season. After missing 16 games with a painful sounding rib/sternoclavicular injury, the Bruins need No. 37 to stay healthy for the rest of the year.

Brad Marchand: No suspensions. Marchand has done a good job toeing the line to this point and has even dropped the gloves a few times in defense of his teammates. Now he needs to just avoid getting into trouble for the second half of the season, and that starts with not spending suspended ahead of the Winter Classic this time around.

David Pastrnak: What do you get a 22-year-old that’s already one of the best players in the NHL? How about two new front teeth as Marchand suggested to me during our “Pick-up” ride a couple of weeks ago?

Torey Krug: A healthy playoff run. Krug has been banged up in each of the last two seasons either during, or before, the playoffs got going, so this season it would be a good thing for him to prove he can handle the physical pounding of an extended postseason. The Bruins need him to stay healthy if they’re going to be effective.

Zdeno Chara: A Twitter account and Facebook account to go with his awesome Instagram account. Chara has turned into a social media star with a very cool Instagram account that lets everybody behind the scenes with the B’s captain. Now he needs to keep doing it with the other social media accounts and become a full-blown social media star along with being a future Hall of Famer.

Tuukka Rask: A summer class on playing the puck with confidence. Rask seems to really run into problems many times when he plays with the puck. It’s not one of his strong suits and it’s really something that other teams can turn into easy offense. It would help the goalie immensely if he improved on that area of his game in the summertime.  

David Krejci: A veteran winger that can score goals would be the best gift Krejci hopes to get ahead of the NHL trade deadline. He showed while playing with Marchand and Pastrnak that he’s still got plenty of game if he’s paired with quality wingers. Time for Don Sweeney to find him one.

Jake DeBrusk: No more concussions. DeBrusk has had a couple of them over the last few seasons and tried to play through one this season before he was finally shut down. DeBrusk is young and very talented, and could be a great Bruins player for a long time. Nobody wants a concussion to potentially derail that.

Ryan Donato: A “no more trips to the AHL” card. Donato has scored four goals and been pretty good since coming back from a refresher course in Providence, and is giving the B’s some good secondary offensive support. The hope is he’s at a point now where he doesn’t need any more trips to the AHL.

Joakim Nordstrom: A chance for the nickname “Swedish Army Knife” to stick. Nordstrom has really helped the Bruins with his versatility and his two-way play, and that’s even earned him some top-6 minutes as well. He’s certainly not a regular top-6 forward at the NHL level, but he helps the Bruins wherever they play him and whatever position they play him at.

Charlie McAvoy: A monster second half. McAvoy missed time last season with a number of things and then missed 20 games this season with a concussion. It’s a contract year for him, so he really needs a healthy, productive and dominant second half of the year if he wants any chance at a big second contract with the Bruins.

Matt Grzelcyk: A little more credit. Grzelcyk has consistently been one of Boston’s best D-men all season. Now the Charlestown kid just needs a few more people to realize it as he continues to play a very strong game for the Black and Gold.

David Backes: A chance to play in front of the goalie. Backes gets called for more ticky-tack goalie interference calls while working the front of the net like a power forward should be able to. The game against Nashville last weekend was just another example of that. Let the big guy work the net front without taking away legit goals, for goodness sakes.

Danton Heinen: A time machine to last season. It really feels like Heinen needs to get into the Delorean with Marty McFly and Doc Brown in order to regain the offensive confidence that he had last season. He looked like he was on his way to becoming a very good player for the Bruins. This season he looks lost at times offensively, and it’s hard to understand why.  

Chris Wagner: A few more opportunistic goals. Wagner has been solid in the physicality department and certainly works hard, but it would be good if the B’s fourth line could pop a few more goals in the second half of the season.

Noel Acciari: Absolutely nothing. Acciari already has the perfect name for the Christmas holiday season, so he doesn’t need anything else.

Sean Kuraly: A nose job. Kuraly may need a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon to take care of that nose after it got busted up in a fight with big Ben Harpur a few weeks ago in Ottawa. Fourth line duty certainly isn’t for the faint of heart.

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson: A little more energy. JFK is smart, playing a creative game and has all kinds of skills to go along with his very strong two-way play. But he could also a little more of an internal motor running if he really wants to make it at the NHL level.

Brandon Carlo: Good health at the end of the season. Carlo has missed the playoffs two seasons in a row due to late-season injuries, so they really need to just put him a protective plastic bubble in the last few weeks this season to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Kevan Miller: A suit of armor. Miller absorbs some of the strangest injuries while playing his defensive warrior game, and he could certainly use a break from the injury bug for a while. A suit of armor may not be good for his skating game, but it would definitely keep him on the ice.

John Moore: A game-winning goal in the playoffs. Moore has had some ups and downs this season, but he’s actually been a very strong D-man that’s remained largely healthy. It still feels like he needs some kind of moment to identify him as a Bruin, and a big playoff goal would do just that.

Steve Kampfer: Some butter for his popcorn. With the Bruins returning to good health on the back end, Kampfer may wind up in the press box for a good, long stretch coming up. So anything to make the popcorn taste better would be a plus. In all seriousness, Kampfer has been solid for the B’s and exactly what you’d want out of a 7th D-man.

Jaroslav Halak: A playoff start. It remains to be seen what will happen with the B’s goaltenders when/if they get into the postseason, but here’s hoping Bruce Cassidy and Co. keep up some kind of goalie rotation at that point. He’s deserved that consideration with the way he’s played.

Bruce Cassidy: Some Jack Adams love. The Bruins head coach has been excellent juggling lineups, surviving injuries and catering his coaching plan to the talent on his roster, and he’s been doing that for three seasons now. It’s high time he was recognized for the great job he’s done on the Black and Gold bench.

Don Sweeney: A top-6 power forward on the wing. The Bruins need a skilled, big, strong and nasty player on the wing that can be paired with David Krejci, and they need him right now. Could it be Wayne Simmonds? Maybe if the price is right. Let’s hope so because that kind of a player would be the perfect fit for the B’s at the trade deadline.

Cam Neely: A great performance in the Winter Classic. The Bruins could use a win and a really strong performance on Jan. 1 against the Blackhawks to wipe away some of the bleak memories of the blowout loss to the Habs in Foxboro a couple of years ago. Let’s hope they get it this time around as the road team.  

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