The Skate Podcast: Who’s favored for Bruins Seventh Player Award

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March 22, 2020 - 1:36 pm

This season the Seventh Player Award voting for difficult.

The Bruins were atop the NHL standings when the league suspended play because of the Coronavirus epidemic, and they were coming off a season that saw them go to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

As The Skate Podcast co-host Matt Kalman explained on this week’s episode: “When you’re one of the top two or three teams in the league, you don’t really have player that are exceeding expectations because the expectations are so high for everyone.”

Kalman and co-host Ken Laird still tackled the Seventh Player topic, starting with an unlikely candidate.

“In a way, you could make a case for (David) Pastrnak there. But that’s not typically the way would go,” Laird said.

Of course, fans have often voted for the star power (Cam Neely twice, Tim Thomas twice), so it wouldn’t be shocking if Pastrnak won the vote after his “quantum leap,” as Kalman described the right wing’s emergence as a 50- or 60-goal threat.

“Think about it we were always talking the last couple years about whether (Brad) Marchand would get 40. That’s blown out of the water now, it’s all about Pastrnak and how many he’s going to get,” Kalman said.

Brandon Carlo, Jaroslav Halak and Charlie Coyle also seem to be strong candidates. So Kalman made his pitch for Coyle, who had 16 goals and 21 assists in 70 game this season.

“The way he plays and becoming not only a penalty killer, but also a guy that’s played a role on the power play and the way he protects the puck. Kind of being a jack of all trades, playing some wing this year,” Kalman said.

Find out who the guys finally agreed should be the Seventh Player winner on this week’s The Skate Podcast.

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