Regular Season Stats
Calling Matt Beleskey’s 2016-17 season a disaster would not be a harsh judgement, but rather a fairly accurate assessment. Beleskey put up career lows in goals (3), assists (5), points (8), goal differential (-10) and shooting percentage (3.8).
A knee injury in the middle of the season limited Beleskey, but his struggles began long before he was hurt. He was a healthy scratch much of the time down the stretch as the Bruins battled for the postseason berth and he appeared in just 49 games this year.
Beleskey has always been a solid playoff performer with 13 goals and 17 points in 34 career postseason games with the Anaheim Ducks. He was only in the lineup for three of the six games versus the Ottawa Senators this past spring, scoring no points and posting a miserable 44.1 CF%.
2017-18 will be a make or break season for Beleskey and will solidify his legacy in Boston one way or another. There has been a lot talk about his conditioning which clearly shows the team felt he did not do enough last offseason to be ready play.
“[This season] is not who I am. That’s not what I signed to do here. You know, this is going to be a big summer for me with sticking around here,” Beleskey told CSNNE back in May. “I’m going to train here with all of the facilities and everything available to me. I think this will be a great summer here in Boston, and I’m looking forward to next season.
“We were fighting for a playoff spot and we needed to win games, so the coaching staff and team made the decisions that they thought were best, and I just came here to work hard and try to do what I do when I have my opportunity. I’ve said before, I made a commitment to this city, they made a commitment to me, and I owe a much better year than this year. I can guarantee it won’t happen again.”
If Belekskey can return to being the hard-nosed, bottom six forward who can add some secondary scoring, then his lost season of 2016-17 will be forgiven. If not, he will be ran out of town with pitch forks and torches!
How would you rate Matt Beleskey’s 2016-17 season?