The Boston Bruins are well represented on the NHL Network’s top players “right now” as they put together their TV content ramping up for the regular season.
That, more Bruins news and other items in the latest BHN Bruins Wrap.
As the Boston Bruins get ready for training camp in a couple of weeks, they can find solace in boasting the same core players heading the NHL Network preseason player rankings again this season. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak were in the top-15 wingers in the NHL right now, Patrice Bergeron is still in the top-10 of NHL centers right now and defenseman Charlie McAvoy is among the top-5 NHL defensemen right now.
Here’s the rankings of the NHL defensemen, courtesy of NHL Network
NHL Network’s Top 20 Defensemen Right Now, 1-20:
- Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche
- Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
- Adam Fox, New York Rangers
- Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins
- Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
- Devon Toews, Colorado Avalanche
- John Carlson, Washington Capitals
- Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars
- Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings
- Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks
- Jacob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes
- Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Shea Theodore, Vegas Golden Knights
- Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets
- Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
- Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres
- Alex Pietrangelo, Vegas Golden Knights
- Brent Burns, Carolina Hurricanes
The NHL Network will continue next weekend with their top-20 NHL goaltenders right now, where it remains to be seen if the Boston Bruins will have a representative among that group after Tuukka Rask was a mainstay on that list over the last decade.
— Everyday Sens (@EverydaySens) August 25, 2022
I don’t know who “Puck Empire” is on Instagram, but it’s a pretty bold statement to say the Boston Bruins are going to finish 6th in the Atlantic Division this coming season ahead of only the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres. It could happen, I suppose, but I think the Toronto Maple Leafs are headed toward a bigger plummet from grace.
Canada Hockey Now
CAL: New Calgary Flames forward Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers winger Evander Kane have unfinished business headed into next season, and that should make the Battle of Alberta all the more interesting next season.
MON: Don’t expect the Montreal Canadiens to wait very long to sign up Cole Caufield to a contract extension as they look to avoid an offer sheet.
National Hockey Now
COL: Speaking of Nazem Kadri, his day with the Stanley Cup, after the Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup win, includes the trophies’ first time being brought into a mosque. It’s times like these when the “Hockey is For Everyone” motto really lives up to its credo.
PHI: The Philadelphia Flyers signed a pair of restricted free agents and one of them has a chance at cracking the NHL roster.
PIT: Are the Pittsburgh Penguins going to have enough salary cap space to make a big-time splash in free agency? Maybe so.
DET: A Lucas Raymond-signed item is causing quite a stir with the collector industry, but probably not for the reasons that the Detroit Red Wings youngster would be hoping for.
This new Joey Daccord mask and paint job with the Seattle Kraken is pretty darn sweet.
Joey Daccord’s (@JDac35) new mask for the 2022-23 season is looking SHARP. 🥶🧊
— NHL (@NHL) August 28, 2022
Brianna Decker is joining the PHF in a great move for the league, but she’s not actually joining up as a player. (The Athletic)