Boston Bruins team president Cam Neely ripped Jake DeBrusk after plenty of Bruins fans booed him during a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday and his teammates got his back after the game.
With Bruins winger Brad Marchand suspended for three games and winger Anton Blidh (upper-body) out indefinitely, as well as the Providence Bruins shutting down due to a COVID outbreak, Jake DeBrusk and Erik Haula drew back into the lineup. Just over seven minutes into regulation, the Boos rang loud down on DeBrusk as he carried the puck.
— Mr. Tenkrat (@PeterTenkrat) December 1, 2021
With the game tied 0-0 at the first intermission, Neely jumped on the 98.5 The Sports Hub intermission show and didn’t hold back when asked about Jake DeBrusk.
“It’s over a period of time; it just didn’t happen overnight,” Neely explained. “Obviously, we see Jake, you pointed out his second season in the league, where you think he’s going to build off that and it’s kind of gone the opposite direction where. …maybe. …Jake’s asset, his biggest asset is speed, and when he’s not skating he’s not really helping himself or helping us. He doesn’t get there; the compete for those 50/50 battles aren’t there because he’s not using his feet to get there.
“He used to be greasy Jake where he’d get a lot of greasy goals around the net, but we haven’t seen much of that since his second year,” said Boston Bruins President Cam Neely during an intermission interview with 98.5 the Sports Hub on Tuesday night. “He’s a proud guy too. He feels a change of scenery will get his game back.”
There was a different tone on the Jake DeBrusk situation from Boston Bruins winger Taylor Hall though:
Taylor Hall when asked by @mattyports about Jake DeBrusk's trade request:
"He talked to us this morning. He just said – 'I love you guys. This is something in my career, I'm at a crossroads.' … He's not a distraction at all." pic.twitter.com/8sNHuHsld4
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) December 1, 2021
If you’re not following Shkuri Wrights I highly suggest you do so, because he tells it like it is and isn’t afraid to call out his fellow Bruins fans when they lack class. Hopefully more Bruins fans can simply forgive Jake DeBrusk for the sins of GM Don Sweeney and his staff who absolutely doomed Jakub Zboril, DeBrusk, and Zach Senyshyn with his infamous 2015 NHL Draft. As my partner-in-scribe, Joe Haggerty wrote Tuesday morning, it’s high time DeBrusk and the Bruins part ways. The Bruins picked DeBrusk too high but at the same time, DeBrusk underachieved. Time for everyone to just part ways with class.
— Shukri Wrights (@ShukriWrights) December 1, 2021
As reported here earlier on Tuesday, the Seattle Kraken and Ottawa Senators have expressed ‘more than lukewarm interest’ in Jake DeBrusk and the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks are also poking around on the NHL trade market.