You know the old adage about how Bruce Cassidy hates the kids? No? Oh, that’s probably because he doesn’t, but in Boston it’s commonplace to say the hockey coach hates the kids. 

My Best Friend Mike did it all the time with Claude Julien and a lot of people -- even smart ones -- echoed him. It was hyperbole, but it grew into a serious belief despite, you know, *deep breath* Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Tuukka Rask, Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and David Pastrnak all flourishing under him, with Tyler Seguin and Phil Kessel also having monster seasons in Boston. 

Anyway, I stumbled across this little tidbit after reading an interesting tweet from Bruins Stats about Frank Vatrano’s usage: Most of the Bruins’ young guys have gotten less ice time under Bruce Cassidy per game than they did under Julien. That list consists of Vatrano, Ryan Spooner, Brandon Carlo and Colin Miller. David Pastrnak, who shouldn’t really count given that he’s one of the team’s best players, has played eight more seconds a night under Cassidy. 

Again, for the love of god, this is not suggesting that Cassidy doesn’t like young players. It does, however, dispel the foolish idea that Julien had a particularly strong bias against young guys. 

Here’s a breakdown of time on ice: 


Frank Vatrano: 14:40 per night under Julien; 13:00 under Cassidy 

Ryan Spooner: 14:22 per night under Julien; 14:10 under Cassidy

Brandon Carlo: 21:20 per night under Julien; 20:08 under Cassidy

Colin Miller: 16:27 per night under Julien; 14:40 under Cassidy 

Should these guys be playing more? Should they be playing less? Don’t care. The "Claude hates kids" argument is dead. 

Ps. There's like a 70 percent chance this turns into a "Bruce hates the kids!" segment on Felger and Mazz.