Jake DeBrusk remains with the Bruins… For now

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The NHL Trade deadline has passed and for now Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk will remain in Boston. There was a buzz in the air on Monday as Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney signed DeBrusk to a new two-year contract. Thus, eliminating the need for a qualifying offer of $4.41 million at the end of his previous contract. However, the 25-year-old remained with the Bruins for at least the remainder of the 2022 season.

DeBrusk and the Bruins

I want to preface this by saying I am not a Jake DeBrusk hater. I love what the kid brings with his personality and the excitement we have seen countless times on the ice. Flash back to game 7 of the 2018 series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Debrusk just scored an electric game winning goal. I recall a moment where I sat back and felt I had seen flashes of what was to come. An exciting player who loved to score and was quickly becoming a fan favorite. Fast forward to today and that same player has rarely been seen in glimpses of play. A lot has happened since that playoff series, and today the player has expressed his desire to leave the Bruins.

Concerns with DeBrusk

Here comes the negative reflection on DeBrusk and the fact that he remains on this Bruins team. As skilled as he is and as well as he has produced since right around the start of the Bruins west coast trip, I still have concerns about him being relied on in his current role on the first line. It’s no secret that leading up to the deadline DeBrusk was being showcased on the top line. It wasn’t a secret to DeBrusk either and credit to him he has taken the opportunity and run with it. The concern being, now that the deadline has passed and his chances of being moved any time soon, will we see DeBrusk revert to being a non-factor?

The Bruins lineup with DeBrusk on the top line

It’s a big concern as the first line and the chain reaction it may cause to the second and third lines. For the first time this season, the second and third lines have both found chemistry and consistency in 5 on 5 play. Will Cassidy be left shuffling these lines up in the middle of a playoff round because his first line has been rendered useless? Don’t get me wrong, there is also a probability that DeBrusk continues his strong play and elevates it for playoffs where the eyes remain on him for an offseason acquisition. When it is all said and done, the Bruins need DeBrusk to continue to produce and in turn keep all four lines clicking for playoffs.

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-Josh Croteau (@_jcro on Twitter)

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