As the Bruins head into DC Thursday, the Caps take on a Bruins club that hasn’t beaten them since March of 2014. They will be facing an energized team that has won five straight games and 14 of the last 18 (one loss was vs Capitals). Boston has been reaping the benefits of newcomers Charlie McAvoy and 2015 1st round pick Jake Debrusk.
Although Debrusk may not be in the Calder race alongside blue-chip defenceman and teammate McAvoy, he is proving to be a very useful wrench in the B’s toolbox. Even though Jake does not have the physical presence his father Louie who played in EDM, TB, PHO, and CHI, his competitiveness and hard work below the hash marks is a commodity much sought after in today’s NHL. The Edmonton, Alberta native is an effective two-way player who can burn you on the transition and makes great plays in the high traffic areas
The 6′, 183 pound winger, Dubrusk, made quite an impression in his first game as he scored and registered an assist for two points in his debut, with father Louie and family in the stands. TV cameras showing hulking tough guy Louie with tears in his eyes is one of the NHL’s better moments of the season thus far. With eight goals and 11 Assists in 31 games, he’s been involved in some big goals for the Bruins, including three GWG’s. Though head coach Bruce Cassidy had the young player in the press box on a couple of occasions, he is not in any doghouse. Think more teaching and watching from a different perspective. I believe more NHL coaches should do that with young players when needed.
Let’s hope the Capitals can contain his energy and look to extend their dominance over the Bruins again.
Go Caps Go