The Boston Bruins’ season ended just under a week ago when they were eliminated in seven games by the St. Louis Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. The 2019 NHL Entry Draft is this Friday and Saturday and next week, the Bruins will already be holding their annual Development Camp. As every Stanley Cup finalist does, the Bruins are already realizing just how short the offseason is after a run to the Final.
“Yeah, that’ll be a challenge,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy told the media Monday. “My biggest challenge, I believe, as a coach is how to get these guys ready and how to be good in October.”
Hockey is both a mental and physical game. After a tough loss like the Bruins suffered to the Blues, a players’ mind starts to question what they could have done differently? Coaches do the same. The key is to not let that regret carry into next season and Cassidy has already begun the process of not letting that happen.
“I really believe there’s merit to the mental part of it that takes its toll,” Cassidy said. “I believe that and I’ve already started discussing that with our staff and some of the people around – even some of the players, at exit meetings, so I do believe that’ll be our challenge, and that’s a good one to have. We finished the way we did, so we’ll have to make sure we’re on top of that.”
Cassidy hopes this experience of losing in the Final and in such heartbreaking fashion, helps the younger players grow and motivates them next season.
“These experiences now, Charlie’s [McAvoy] had two of them, ‘Grizz’ [Matt Grzelcyk] has had two of them, [Jake] DeBrusk, ‘Pasta’ [David Pastrnak] I’ll put in that category,” he said. “Hopefully, it makes them better next year if we’re fortunate enough to be in the same position, hardens them a little bit, educates them a little bit, what it takes. So, that’s what you’re trying to do with those young guys and continue to try and grow their game. I think we’ve done a good job with that. We’ll keep working at that.”