Boston Bruins star winger Brad Marchand may not see it but through his first four games this season, he has hands-down, been his team’s MVP so far. With four goals and three assists in his first four games of the season, the 33-year-old Marchand continues to age like a fine red wine and is already in midseason form, but don’t tell him that.
“I just think that sometimes things go your way. You get bounces at the right time. I actually don’t think I’ve played my best hockey. Regardless of the points, I think I can be better and manage pucks better, felt tired a few games,” Marchand said after notching and goal and an assist in the 4-3 Boston Bruins win over the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden this past Sunday.
I still think I can be better than what I’ve been…points are part of it obviously. I want to be happy with where I’m playing and how I’m playing and I’m not quite happy enough yet with how things have been.”
That must have been music to the collective ears of his teammates, coaches, and the Boston Bruins management staff, and a scary thought to the rest of the NHL, because if Marchand continues at the pace he’s played at through his first four games of the regular season, those that vote on the Hart Trophy will be forced to finally seriously consider him. It’s high time the ‘pest’ label on Marchand is removed and replaced by ‘superstar’. He has been the best two-way left wing in the NHL for the last five seasons and should’ve been a top 3 finalist for the Hart Trophy last season. Here’s hoping the voters stop penalizing him for his antics in the past and give him a fair chance this season.