Charlie McAvoy is starting to turn a corner, and providing hope for more Bruins’ slumping sophomores

Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

The last time that Charlie McAvoy lit the lamp, the Red Sox were still battling the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

Now, a pair of freak injuries — a foot infection and prolonged concussion — have played a part in that drought for the 21-year-old defenseman, but it could be easy for those taking a quick glance at the stat sheet to label McAvoy’s second full NHL campaign as a bit of a disappointment so far.

After notching 32 points (in just 63 games) and averaging over 22 minutes a night in his rookie season, McAvoy entered Saturday’s matinee against the Kings with just one goal and 11 assists over 27 games played — averaging less average TOI (21:34) and 5v5 Corsi For Percentage since last year (53.03, down from 55.69), while also getting tagged for 23 5v5 goals against in 503 minutes of ice time.

(For reference, McAvoy was out on the ice for 36 5v5 goals allowed in 1,145 minutes last season.)

The numbers aren’t dreadful, by any means, especially for a defenseman. But given the high expectations placed upon Boston’s top-pairing blueliner of the future, perhaps the 2018-19 season can be labeled as a bit of a setback.

Just don’t tell that to McAvoy.