Regular Season Stats
If it wasn’t for an extraordinary rookie class which included Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine there may have been more Calder Trophy buzz for Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo.
The 2015 second-round draft pick made his NHL debut at age 19 on opening night and was paired alongside captain Zdeno Chara. Playing on the Bruins top defensive pairing was never an issue for Carlo, who stayed there for all 82 games and forming the team’s top shutdown duo with Chara.
Carlo averaged 20:49 of ice time per game during the season and that was not something he was eased into either. He played 17:48 in his NHL debut and it was just one of 26 games in which Carlo did not crack the 20 minute mark.
Carlo proved to be the perfect puck moving defenseman to play next to Chara and he even showed some flashes of offense. His 16 points was the third most among Boston blue liners.
His 52.0 Corsi For percentage was the lowest among the normal defensemen, which shows how good of a puck possession team the Bruins were last season. Carlo was able to remain a positive possession player despite starting over 56% of his shifts in the defensive zone. The Chara-Carlo pairing had the most defensive zone starts on the team.
Unfortunately, Carlo was unable to get his first taste of playoff hockey due to post-concussion symptoms after a hit from Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals in the regular season finale. Carlo has been spending his summer working out and skating in Boston and will be 100% for the start of training camp in the fall.