In an interview with a pool reporter this afternoon, newly acquired Bruins forward Rich Peverley described his game.“I like to use my speed. I think that’s my No. 1 asset, is my speed and my quickness. I do like to shoot the puck a lot and make plays offensively. I’ve been really working on my faceoffs these past few years. I learned a lot in Nashville from a lot of guys when I was there. That’s a thing I take a lot of pride in.”
Now this blog has never advocated the ripping of Blake Wheeler that my commenters and so many fans have exhibited over the years. But a forward who likes to shoot the puck? Wow. This will be a far cry from having a forward that looks to pass first and more often than not falls down, loses the puck at the attacking blue line or skates offsides.
And keep in mind that as a guy who played some center this season and averages a decent chunk of ice time, Wheeler was one of the worst faceoff men in the NHL.
So in at least two departments that Peverley is willing to describe, he is an upgrade over the departed Blake Wheeler.