NHL Notebook: McAvoy’s calendar year, an impressive feat, a legend retires

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It was one year ago when Charlie McAvoy was thrust into the Bruins’ lineup and made his NHL debut during the Stanley Cup playoffs. It was an eye-opening experience for the rookie defenseman, as Boston lost in the first round to the Ottawa Senators.

Those six games helped prepare him for his first full regular season in 2017-18.

“Worked out well,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy when discussing McAvoy’s baptism by fire last spring.

It didn’t take long for McAvoy’s name to be part of the Calder Trophy conversation this season, and even though he won’t win the rookie of the year (that'll most likely going to the Islanders Matt Barzal), McAvoy has quickly become one of the Bruins’ top players.

“He’s grown in the obvious areas,” Cassidy said. “He’s more of an offensive threat and he’s willing to handle the puck more and has better composure. When he came in last year, he just wanted to make a good first pass and defend hard.”