Throughout the month of May, I will be providing you all with a four-part Boston Bruins’ postseason review, grading the performances of each and every player that donned the eight-spoked “B” during the 2011-’12 campaign. The schedule looks like this:
Part IV –> Extra Skaters/Call-Ups
Each day over the next week, I will update this blog with the addition of one player (in numerical order). In this edition, I’ll take a look at the contributions from the extra skaters, deadline acquisitions and call-ups. Please note that I have NOT included Max Sauve and Trent Whitfield, as the two combined for only 17:42 of ice time this season. For this piece, I will start with defenseman Greg Zanon.
#6 Greg Zanon
Contract Status: $1.933 MIL Cap Hit/ Unrestricted Free Agent On July 1, 2012
Regular Season Stats: 39 GP, 2 Goals, 4 Assists, 6 Points, -1 Rating (Minnesota) : 17 GP, 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, +4 Rating (Boston)
Playoff Stats: 7 GP, 0 Goals, 1 Assist, 1 Point, EVEN Rating
– After coming over from the Minnesota Wild — in exchange for Steven Kampfer — at the trade deadline, many believed that Greg Zanon would take on a role, much like Shane Hnidy‘s in 2011, as an extra defenseman who wouldn’t see too much action for the B’s. However, when Adam McQuaid suffered an unfortunate head injury in a late-season game against Washington, Zanon found himself thrust into the spotlight as the Bruins’ fifth blueliner. The hard-nosed Burnaby, British Columbia-native played admirably throughout his 24-game run in Boston while providing the B’s with a solid defensive presence. Unfortunately for Zanon, the memory of his time in Boston that Bruins’ fans will likely remember the longest was of him standing in front of Tim Thomas when Capitals’ fourth-liner Joel Ward scored the overtime goal in game seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to send the B’s to an early postseason exit.
Final Grade: C+
#12 Brian Rolston
Contract Status: $5.000 MIL Cap Hit/ Unrestricted Free Agent On July 1, 2012
Regular Season Stats: 49 GP, 4 Goals, 5 Assists, 9 Points, -12 Rating (New York Islanders) : 21 GP, 3 Goals, 12 Assists, 15 Points, +7 Rating (Boston)
Playoff Stats: 7 GP, 1 Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Points, -2 Rating
– In his second stint with the Black and Gold, veteran forward Brian Rolston proved to be one of the biggest surprises in Boston after coming over at the February 27 trade deadline. After posting just nine points (4G/5A) in 49 games for the Islanders, Bruins’ fans didn’t expect much from Rolston over the course of the 2011-’12 stretch run. However, Rolston proved that he still had something left in the tank, while leading hardcore Black and Gold supporters to reminisce of his time in the Hub from 2000-2004. Picking up three goals and twelve assists during 21 regular season games for Boston, Rolston proved himself much more valuable than the two low-level prospects that were sent to New York as trade compensation. In the playoffs, the 39-year-old Flint, Michigan native was arguably the Bruins’ most consistent offensive player. Unfortunately, early whispers have begun to suggest that Rolston will not be back with the Bruins in 2012-’13 and may be considering retiring from the National Hockey League.
Final Grade: A
#27 Mike Mottau
Contract Status: $0.800 MIL Cap Hit/ Unrestricted Free Agent On July 1, 2012
Regular Season Stats: 29 GP, 0 Goals, 2 Assists, 2 Points, -10 Rating (New York Islanders) : 6 GP, 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Points, -1 Rating (Boston)
Playoff Stats: 2 GP, 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Points, -2 Rating
– Defenseman Mike Mottau didn’t see much action during his brief two-month stint with the Black and Gold, but was nothing but a consummate professional off the ice. The 34-year-old Quincy, MA native is quite clearly on the proverbial “back nine” of his career, but still looks to have enough gas in the tank to remain a solid seventh defenseman. It is unknown as to whether or not Mottau would like to re-sign with his hometown squad — in what would likely be a very limited role — or seek a possible top-six position with another team.
Final Grade: B
#38 Jordan Caron
Contract Status: $1.100 MIL Cap Hit/ Restricted Free Agent On July 1, 2013
Regular Season Stats: 48 GP, 7 Goals, 8 Assists, 15 Points, EVEN Rating
Playoff Stats: 2 GP, 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Points, -1 Rating
– For the second straight season, the B’s 2008 first round draft choice failed to firmly establish himself as a part of Boston lineup on a night-in, night-out basis. At times, you could see the potential in Caron’s game, as he is excellent in his own zone and possesses a very heavy wrist shot. It looks like he’ll get another crack at it this fall, after Benoit Pouliot was dealt to the Lightning on draft day.
Final Grade: C
CALL-UPS/ BLACK ACES
#43 Matt Bartkowski
Regular Season Stats: 3 GP, 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Points, -2 Rating
Final Grade: C
#47 Torey Krug
Regular Season Stats: 2 GP, 0 Goals, 1 Assist, 1 Point, EVEN Rating
Final Grade: B+
#58 Carter Camper
Regular Season Stats: 3 GP, 1 Goal, 0 Assists, 1 Point, +1 Rating
Final Grade: B
#62 Josh Hennessy
Regular Season Stats: 3 GP, 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Points, +1 Rating
Final Grade: C+
#64 Lane MacDermid
Regular Season Stats: 5 GP, 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Points, -2 Rating
Final Grade: A-
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