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A bit of brawn might be best remedy for Ryan Donato, Danton Heinen in offensive zone

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His offensive production has bottomed out so far in his second full NHL campaign, but Danton Heinen’s spot in the B’s starting lineup is secure —for now.

After ranking ninth among all NHL rookies in scoring last season with 47 points over 77 games, Heinen has seen his scoring totals stymied in 2018-19, with the 23-year-old winger on pace for just 21 points over 80 games played.

Despite ranking fifth among all Bruins forwards in 5v5 TOI (541:22) this season, Heinen stands in eighth place among that same group in individual scoring chances generated with 55 — with Ryan Donato right behind him with 50 scoring chances for despite logging close to 200 minutes less during 5v5 play.

It’s a troubling problem for the Bruins, who have been unable to get Heinen going — even with 59.94 percent of his faceoffs starting in the offensive zone.

Even with his scoring woes, it seems as though Heinen’s strong two-way game will keep earning him regular reps. So what can the young forward due to change his fortunes in the offensive zone? Throwing his weight around a bit more might be a start.