The B Team

“Stop signing guys with ‘B’s just cos you’re the Boston Bruins” – Carl Landra

You may have heard Carl’s insight into Boston’s problems on episode 115. But what if instead of not signing guys whose surnames start with the letter B, the Bruins only signed them. Is it possible to build a good 20 man roster using just one letter of the alphabet? Would any of the current Boston roster make the team? The below positions are as per NHL.com

Based purely on points scored at time of writing, here are Boston’s new forward lines:

 

Jamie Benn (DAL) – Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) – Connor Brown (TOR)

Josh Bailey (NYI) – Mikael Backlund (CGY) – Dustin Brown (LAK)

Paul Byron (MTL) – Tyler Bozak (TOR) – Troy Brouwer (CGY)

Andre Burakovsky (WSH) – Aleksander Barkov (FLA) – Alexandre Burrows (VAN)

 

That’s not a bad group of forwards, although there’s an obvious lack of Boston players in this new Bruins team. Maybe there’s be some in the team’s new defensive pairings:

Brent Burns (SJS) – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)

Tyson Barrie (COL) – T.J. Brodie (CGY)

Nathan Beaulieu (MTL) – Jonas Brodin (MIN)

 

Nope. Sorry Boston. Surely you can get a goalie on this weird fantasy roster:

Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)

Peter Budaj (LAK)

 

For clarity, Toronto’s Antoine Bibeau has slightly better numbers than Budaj, but has only played two games.

 

Why no Boston players on the list? Partly because the Bruins aren’t that good but also they only have four players whose name starts with B. They do have six whose name starts with M, but Brad Marchand would end up on the roster and there’s no way I’m writing nice things about him. Nor am I doing this for the rest of the alphabet. 
Apart from a fun little distraction, you could make a good team out of the above names, and if you swapped the lines around a little there would be some good chemistry. In a fun coincidence, there are only three players in the NHL with the surname Brown, and all three play right wing. Who knew. 

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