The biggest question mark surrounding the Boston Bruins going into the 2018-19 season is, where will they get their secondary scoring from.
With Rick Nash gone, David Krejci seems to be standing alone once again on the team's second line and some believe it's time to break up the Marchand, Bergeron, Pastrnak first line to balance out the scoring.
If head coach Bruce Cassidy were to do that, who would jump up to take on a first line role?
Danton Heinen believes he's that guy.
The 23 year old put up 16 goals and 47 points in his first full season in the NHL last year and believes he's seasoned enough now to take on more.
“I’m always working on taking pucks off the walls on the right side, or receiving hard breakout passes on your backhand, making plays with it and getting up ice,” Heinen told Fluto Shinzawa of the Athletic. “You’re always working on those things no matter what side you’re on.
“I know I can play in this league now and it’s just a matter of growing on that and making steps every year. There are opportunities and someone’s got to take it, so you work hard and put your best foot forward.”
“If I get that opportunity, it’ll be good,” he said. “When I played with them in the past, I was gripping the stick too tight and thinking too much. Now, I have a little more confidence and I know I can play here. I’m more comfortable with everyone in the room, not just (Bergeron and Marchand) so that plays a big part of it too.”
What do you think of Heinen's comments?