David Krejci has always been one of the Bruins key forwards, coming into the season an alternating first line center-man. Lately, the jolt of energy formerly known as Krejci seems to have died out. Krejci hasn’t registered a single point since January 31, against the Ottawa Senators and his last recorded goal was January 22, a matinee game against the Philadelphia Flyers. For someone who has always been a leader on this team, being named an alternate captain, one has to wonder what the deal is? Is it the missing right winger Nathan Horton who has missed the last seven games with a mild concussion? Coincidentally, Horton’s last game was also Krejci’s last goal scored.
After a heavy hit he sustained against Pittsburgh Penguins in Saturday’s matinee game, he was rattled and has really seemed to go downhill only registering one shot on goal with line mates Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley. Admittedly he stated after the game:
“We need to get more involved as forwards. Its not going to happen often that you score 4/5 goals from blue line.” and went on to add, “It wasn’t fun. We want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’d like to forget everything about way things went.”(@HacksWithHaggs)
In Sunday’s game against the Washington Capitals, Krejci sported the third line with Benoit Pouliot and Providence prospect Jordan Caron. While the team as a whole played better all around, Krejci still only managed to get on shot on goal. For someone who registered 62 points last season, he’s not playing like the All-Star the Bruins fans know him as. I would be surprised to see him break 50 points this season and at this rate, that may be asking to much.
In tonight’s match-up Krejci went 0 for 6 in face-offs and again only registered one shot on goal, sporting a -2 rating. Although he was placed alongside Lucic and Pouliot in the third period, he’s still not performing to the best of his abilities. If taking him out of his position isn’t going to kick him in the butt, maybe more drastic measures need to be taken. With the trade deadline coming up, the possibilities are endless.
Statistical Information via Boston Bruins Official Site/Player Stats