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NHL Power Rankings: #22 – Boston Bruins

I have the Boston Bruins ranked low here because their blue line is sketchy. Without Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara, the Bruins have nobody who has proven that they can be a first pairing defenseman. Torey Krug will have to step up and be one.

STRENGTHS: The Bruins have some elite talent. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand form the best shutdown line in the league. Tuukka Rask is arguably the best goaltender in the league. David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner give the Bruins two excellent young forwards to build around. Loui Eriksson is one of the most underrated players in the league.

WEAKNESSES: The Bruins don’t have proven blue line depth. Matt Irwin is a solid defenseman. Adam MacQuaid is a decent defenseman. Those two guys are absolutely going to have to step it up for the Bruins if they want to do anything sans Seidenberg and Chara. Zac Rinaldo shouldn’t be on an NHL team. Period.

OUTLOOK: Don’t count the Bruins out. They have too much talent to be a bottom feeder. They need Chara to come back healthy in order to be contenders. I honestly don’t know if that will happen.

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