David Krejci isn’t one to let his emotions seep out during a shift, with the veteran pivot often maintaining his stoic disposition — regardless of if he's going tape-to-tape with a linemate during an odd-man rush or hustling back to stymie a chance down the other end of the ice.
And while the 33-year-old forward is not one to scold a linemate for a missed feed or poor positioning, Bruce Cassidy did note on Monday that there is a certain level of intimidation that comes with skating on a line anchored by the playmaking Czech.
“For some guys, probably,” Cassidy said at Warrior Ice Arena. “He likes to have the puck in certain areas. I think he can be intimidating if you don’t see the game as well as he does, in that regard, because he wants players to go to certain spots when he has the puck.
“But part of that is on him to communicate that too as well and allow that chemistry to develop. I think some guys would be (intimidated) at first, but not because of the person. I mean, he’s certainly not going to stare you down or be a vocal guy that’s always on you. Just probably because of his skillset.”
Krejci’s preference to hold on to the biscuit and dictate the pace in the O-zone isn’t for everyone — standing as one of the many reasons why the Bruins have yet to find a reliable option to slot in next to him at RW so far this preseason.
It’s par for the course when it comes to Krejci, who, despite finding chemistry in the form of Jake DeBrusk at LW, still was part of 14 different forward combinations that logged at least 15 minutes of 5v5 TOI last season.
While there is an early leader in the clubhouse in the form of Karson Kuhlman, the 2RW spot is far from locked up with the season opener now just 10 days away. Behind Kuhlman, the favorite for the gig to Krejci’s right might just be