This week’s Whose To Say has us focusing on some famous teammates.
The Boston Bruins have been a dominating team for nearly a decade now and two players have been leading the show. Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chára have been leaders in Boston for years and this week we’re going to take a look at both of their careers.
Patrice Bergeron is a 6’1″, 195 lbs centre for the Boston Bruins. Bergeron was drafted 45th overall to the Bruins back in 2003.
Bergeron has played in 1,028 regular season games with 321 goals and 492 assists (813 points) with 3,047 shots on goal. Bergeron has an estimated 96.2 point shares in his career. He’s averages a rating of +178 over the course of his career and a Corsi For percentage of 57.6%. Over his 15 seasons, Bergeron has 18:50 average time in the ice alongside 396 PIMs.
When it comes to playoffs, Bergeron has played in 131 playoff games over his team’s 10 appearances. He’s collected 39 playoff goals with 60 assists for 99 playoff points in his career, with 409 playoff shots on goal. Bergeron is riding a +45 rating and bumps up his time to 19:30 per game. He’s got 7 GWG in the playoffs and only 82 PIM. Bergeron has won one Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins. Bergeron has also won 4 Selke Trophies (no surprise there) and 1 Clancy (once again no surprise).
Bergeron is a fantastic two-way centre, not only does he often give his team valuable puck possession when he’s on the ice, but he wins faceoffs 58.3% of the time. Although on the skinny side for 6’1″, he’s blocked 562 shots, laid out 589 hits, and collected 552 takeaways. In the playoffs, Bergeron has blocked 80 shots and laid out 188 hits.He’s creative and is not afraid to drive the net, but he’s got a bit of an injury problem. He misses at least 1 or 2 games a season with injury.
Zdeno Chára is a 6’9″, 250 lbs defensemen and Captain of the Boston Bruins. Chára was drafted 56th overall by the New York Islanders in 1993.
Zdeno Chára has been in the NHL for 21 years. He’s played on 3 teams (New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, and Boston Bruins) and collected 1,485 games, 200 goals, 442 assist, for 642 points. He’s averaging a +262 rating, which is astonishing, and a Corsi For percentage of 53.8% with an estimated career point shares of 143.8 points. Chára averages 24:19 on the ice per game and has collected a whopping 1,896 PIMs.
In the playoffs, Chára steps up. He’s played in 177 playoff games over 14 appearances. Chára has 17 playoff goals with 49 assists for 66 points. He’s got a +52 rating and averages 26:18 on the ice which is incredible. Chára has collected 202 PIM in the post-season but he’s also fired 364 shots on goal. Chára has one Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins, alongside 1 Norris Trophy.
Chára’s game is more focused on being physically defensive. The guy is 6’9″, so it’s no surprise that he likes to take people out. In the regular season, Chára has 1,235 blocked shots, 1,731 hits, and 319 takeaways. In the post season he’s got 213 blocked shots, 395 hits, and 43 takeaways. Chára isn’t that speedy on the ice (once again, 6’9″) but he makes up for it with a wicked fast shot.
Although both player are extremely talented, I’m going to say that Patrice Bergeron is one of the most talented players in the NHL. He’s got some of the best hands in the NHL and he’s an absolute leader for the Bruins.
It’s been argued that Bergeron should be captain and if Chára never went to Boston, he would have been. Chára is getting up there in age at 42 years old so there is still a change we can see Captain Bergeron sooner rather than later. Chára is a good captain to the guys but you can tell just by watching Bergeron play that he’s an amazing leader on and off the ice.
Bergeron may have been in the league a shorter amount of time but he has made the world of difference in this team’s success. Not to mention that he’s still leading the Bruins deep into playoffs once more.
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