Boychuk Bombs will be dropping from the power play to start off this season for the Bruins. The 29 year old, 6’2”, 225lb defenseman Johnny Boychuk will be letting hard right handers go from the point as one of the D-men on the second power play unit. He’ll be paired up with a mix of Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Seidenberg or with Matt Bartkowski when Bart is in the Bruins lineup. Looking for rebounds or tip-ins from the hard shooting Boychuk are Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Brad Marchand or Gregory Campbell.
Boychuk has expressed a lot of excitement about getting some time on the PP.
The young season hasn’t seen the second unit put up any power play points but some of that has to do with the success of the first unit and the second not getting a chance with the man advantage. Coach Claude Julien is also excited about having a legitimate second option on the power play.
Julien mentioned the end of last season when Boychuk really showed some improvement getting the puck not only to the net, but in it as well. He scored only one goal during the regular season with 75 shots on net in those 44 games. In half that time in the post season, 22 games, he racked up 63 shots and lit the lamp six times. He added an assist to mix giving him seven points in the post season, one more point than he managed during the regular season.
I think a lot of us Bruins fans are excited to finally see some noise about the power play. Their 5-on-5 play has been superb and their penalty kill has been one of the best in the NHL. It is just two games into the season and we don’t yet know if the new look special teams are going to be as good as they are now for the rest of the season but we can hope, and “Johnny Rocket” hopes to be part of it as long as he can.