Jun 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) carries the puck away from Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period in game four of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Still not sure what the ceiling is on Marchand. Extremely difficult to play against and often gets under the skin of opponents. Good at toeing the ling without crossing it, and showed some extra offensive punch last season.
Mar 29, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Loui Eriksson (21) waits for the face-off in the Minnesota Wild zone during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Wild 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Eriksson might be one of the best kept secrets in the league, having played in relative anonymity in Dallas. He will find the spotlight now as he moves to Boston to become a key piece of their puzzle.
June 5, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) shoots the puck during the second period in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
After back-to-back seasons where he scored at a 40-goal pace, Neal is becoming one of the tougher wingers to contain. However, the space on the ice opened up by Evgeni Malkin doesn’t hurt his ability to get into the open spots.