Bergeron is Amazing to Watch Play
By Patrick Hoffman
When it comes to the NHL, there are not that many great two-way players when you think about it.
You have guys that can put the puck in the net and set-up their teammates. You have other guys that play well on the defensive side of the game, and then there are other guys who kind of fall in between.
There is one guy out there who is the best two-way player in the game. In fact, when all is said and done, he will probably be looked at as one of the greatest two-way players of all time.
If you have not guessed now, I am talking about Boston Bruins' forward Patrice Bergeron. Every time I watch Bergeron play, I come away amazed and think about how lucky we are that this guy comes to play every night.
For starters, there is no doubt that Bergeron, 33, can produce. He was third on the team in scoring in the regular reason with 79 points and 32 goals and 47 points.
Bergeron now has 813 career points on 321 goals and 49 assists. Here is where he ranks in franchise history in several offensive categories:
- Sixth in goals scored
- Seventh in assists
- Sixth in points
- Seventh in even strength goals (207)
- Sixth in power play goals (96)
- Eighth in shorthanded goals (16)
- Third in game-winning goals (62)
- Fourth in shots (3047)
When you consider the great players that have been a part of this Bruins' franchise, Bergeron is with the best of them in every offensive category. It's very impressive for someone who at 33 years of age, might have some more good hockey left in him.
Speaking of producing, Bergeron contributes big time come the playoffs. In this year's playoffs, he currently (May 3) has seven points (five goals and two assists) in eleven games including one game-winning goal and five power play goals.
In terms of his numbers in the postseason for his career, he currently (May 3) has 93 points (36 goals and 57 assists) in 123 games. He's always been a player that has come through when his team has needed him to.
With all of this great offense, his defensive play might be even better. This is a guy that has won four Frank J. Selke Trophies as the forward who "demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game".
As a defensive forward, Bergeron forces a lot of turnovers, wins a lot of puck battles, breaks up a lot of passes, blocks shots, and does all the little things that make a player responsible without the puck. In my opinion, there is no better defensive forward in the league than Bergeron.
With a Cup to his name, great offensive numbers, and lots of personal hardware, he should end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame when all is said and done.
Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave.
He has previously covered the league for WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.