Best of the 2010s: Top 10 individual Bruins seasons of the decade
With the decade coming to a close, everybody is compiling their all-decade lists, whether it’s the All-Decade Bruins Team we put together last week or the Top 10 Bruins Moments from the past decade that we dropped this week.
But what about the Top 10 individual seasons of the decade from Bruins players? There have been some great ones with both Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas winning Vezina Trophies over the last 10 years and Patrice Bergeron snagging four Selke Trophies in that time span as well. Some long gone but not forgotten Bruins players like Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Tyler Seguin and Jarome Iginla among others were 30-goal scorers during their time in Black and Gold.
With all the great seasons compiled in a B’s uniform over the last 10 years, here are the 10 best as we saw it:
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10. Torey Krug (2017-18)
While many harp on the limitations to Krug’s game because he’s 5-foot-8, the truth is he’s one of the elite point producers on the back end in the NHL.
He’s also become a perfect fit for Bruce Cassidy’s system since he took over as head coach of the Boston Bruins. Krug put together arguably his finest season in Cassidy’s first full year with 14 goals and a career-high 59 points.
Even more impressively, Krug finished with a dead-even plus-minus after being a minus player in most seasons of a career where he clearly bends to the offensive end of things. And Krug averaged 20:24 of ice time while playing a true top-4 role for a playoff team that season with the B’s.
9. Brad Marchand (2016-17)
Marchand is the only player to appear twice on this list after scoring the most goals (39) of anybody in a Bruins uniform in a single season during the decade.
He finished with 39 goals and 85 points in 80 games in the 2016-17 season, leading the Bruins with eight game-winning goals on a club that pushed back into the playoffs for the first time in three years.
Clearly the NHL recognized it as well as the B’s left winger was given top All-League honors for the first and only time in a decade where he finished as the top goal-scorer and point-getter for the Black and Gold.
8. David Krejci (2018-19)
If it were based solely on postseasons, the Bruins center would be mentioned twice for leading all NHL players in postseason points in both the 2011 and 2013 runs to the Stanley Cup Final.
But his greatest season actually came in last season’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. At 32 years old, Krejci played in 81 games while posting 20 goals and matching a career-high with 73 points, and he did it despite a revolving door of right wingers beside him. The postseason wasn’t quite vintage Krejci (four goals, 16 points in 24 games), but credit him for helping to get them there in a big way.
7. David Pastrnak (2017-18)
The best is still yet to come, obviously, for Pastrnak, but he officially burst on the scene at 21 years old with 35 goals and 80 points in 82 games for the Bruins while teaming with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand as the Perfection Line.
Perhaps just as impressive were the six goals and 20 points that he put up in 12 playoff games, including breaking a Wayne Gretzky record as the youngest player to ever post a six-point playoff game when he did that in a demolition of the Maple Leafs in the first round.
This was an early sign that greatness is coming for Pastrnak.
6. Milan Lucic (2010-11)
Lucic has hit the tail end of his NHL career in Edmonton and Calgary over the last few seasons, so people now tend to forget how dominant Lucic was as a power forward in his early years in Boston.
Lucic finished with a career-high 30 goals and 62 points to go along with an impressive plus-28 at just 22 years old in 2010-11. He was also a physical force with 121 penalty minutes and 167 hits mixed in with his offensive numbers in 79 games.
Only now do people realize just how good Lucic was as they pine for another player like him on a B’s forward group that’s much smaller and less physical nowadays.
5. Patrice Bergeron (2013-14)
There are many seasons to choose from when it comes to No. 37, but this was the only season where he won a Selke Trophy and finished top-5 for the Hart Trophy as well.
Bergeron finished with 30 goals and 62 points in 80 games during the regular season and was a staggering, career-high plus-38 as well while also scoring a career-high seven game-winning goals. We don’t even have to mention that he won 58.6 percent of his faceoffs or that he ran up all those huge numbers with Reilly Smith as his right winger.
This season was peak Bergeron at 28 years old in his prime.
4. Tuukka Rask (2013-14)
Rask celebrated the first year of his big $7 million per season contract with the best year of his NHL career.
It was arguably also a response to allowing two goals in 17 seconds in the third period of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. But to his credit, Rask was a big part of the following season’s team that ended up winning the President’s Trophy while Rask captured his one and only Vezina Trophy with a 2.04 goals against average and .930 save percentage while leading the NHL with seven shutouts on the season.
He was outplayed in the playoffs by Carey Price, but that’s a different story for a different day.
3. Zdeno Chara (2010-11)
Chara somehow finished third in Norris Trophy voting this season behind Niklas Lidstrom (who won it with a minus-2 rating for the Red Wings), but the Bruins captain got the last laugh while hoisting the Stanley Cup.
The 6-foot-9 defenseman was at his best at 32 years old with 14 goals and 44 points in 81 games along with an NHL-best plus-33 rating. Everybody talks about Chara’s shutdown abilities that clearly played out that season, but he also finished with a career-high 264 shots on net and snagged the Mark Messier Leadership Award at the NHL Awards after leading his team to the Stanley Cup mountaintop.
2. Brad Marchand (2018-19)
It’s hard to say that Brad Marchand is underrated by any measure, but everybody talks about Patrice Bergeron or Zdeno Chara to start when thinking about the amazing run the B’s have had over the last 10 years.
But it was Marchand who had the only 100-point season in the entire decade when he put together 36 goals and 100 points in 79 games last season. Marchand finished top-5 in Hart Trophy voting for the first time in his NHL career and also stayed out of trouble while avoiding any NHL suspensions for the first time in his career.
1. Tim Thomas (2010-11)
Arguably the best season by a goaltender in NHL history, Tim Thomas was dominant all season coming off offseason hip surgery before putting together one of the best Stanley Cup playoff performances ever.
Thomas led the league with the .938 save percentage and the 2.00 goals against average during the regular season and captured the Vezina Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy and even finished in the top-5 for Hart Trophy voting as well.
The .940 save percentage and the 1.98 goals against average in the playoffs were simply off the charts.