Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs was a perfect game for the Boston Bruins.
You must be asking yourself if you read that correctly. Yes, you did. That loss was exactly what the Bruins needed at this point. Of course two points would have been better for the struggling team as it lost its third game in a row, but from a developmental standpoint, it was an effective performance.
The Bruins played a fantastic game and received contributions from players that have been slacking of late. It was also an opportunity for rookie forward Jake DeBrusk, who was a healthy scratch for the first time this season, to watch the game from press level. Any game is easier to “play” when you’re sitting six stories above of the ice.
Almost every player in the NHL, including those with the Bruins, has dealt with a similar situation. It’s part of the developmental process. Not only did he watch from press level, the coaching staff has been going over video with DeBrusk and pinpointing the areas that he needs to improve.