Bruins third-quarter grades: the forwards

First-quarter grade: B

Midseason grade: B

Third-quarter grade: B

Ryder’s never going to live up to his $4 million price tag, and in fairness to him he didn’t make the decision to pay him that much. More than anything, Ryder has looked more engaged this season and his confidence is back where it was two seasons ago, as evidenced by his patient play with the puck and his 17 goals, which are one shy of last season’s total. For a third-line forward, he’s solid.

Brad Marchand

First-quarter grade: A-minus

Midseason grade: A

Third-quarter grade: A-minus

Marchand’s become a bit more rambunctious lately and taken some foolish penalties. Maybe that’s comes with the cockiness that builds up when you’re scoring goals at a rate no one saw coming and you’re suddenly coming up in Calder talk. Nonetheless, if Marchand can tone down his act and keep scoring now that he’s not going to catch any defensemen by surprise, he’ll continue to be one of Boston’s most valuable forwards down the stretch.

Tyler Seguin

First-quarter grade: B

Midseason grade: B-minus

Third-quarter grade: B

To be fair, it’s been a wild ride for Seguin, who’s been a healthy scratch, a winger, a center, a third-liner, a fourth-liner and maybe even a lot of other things. He took the healthy scratches to heart the way you’d hope a 19-year-old would and has looked more like a hockey player the last few weeks by skating with a purpose and even battling in front of the goal. You’d like to see him flash a little more finish with his high-end shot from between the dots.

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Gregory Campbell

First-quarter grade: A-minus

Midseason grade: A-minus

Third-quarter grade: A-minus

While you’d still like to see him win more draws, Campbell is everything you could want in a fourth-line center. The points haven’t come as easily lately, but he’s still generating chances, hitting and pounding the heck out of people with the gloves off when challenged or the Bruins need a lift.

Shawn Thornton

First-quarter grade: A

Midseason grade: A

Third-quarter grade: A-minus

There’s been a drop-off in the goal total from Thornton of late (which is to be expected), and he’s been a little quieter in the physicality department as well. Nonetheless, he’s still working as hard as anyone every shift and makes sure that for however long he’s on the ice the Bruins are on the attack and not getting scored on.

Daniel Paille

First-quarter grade: C

Midseason grade: C-plus

Third-quarter grade: C-plus

It’s been a rough year for the veteran forward, who didn’t help his cause with the Rule 48-violating hit on Dallas’ Raymond Sawada that caused a four-game suspension. Paille has fit in decently when asked to skate on the fourth line, but still lacks the finish you’d like to see from someone that can generate the chances he does with his speed.

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Marc Savard

First-quarter grade: None

Midseason grade: C-minus

Third-quarter grade: Incomplete

Unfortunately, we never got to see Savard at full strength this season. Just before he was hit by Matt Hunwick and suffered his last concussion, Savard seemed to finally be finding his legs and his hands and clicking with Nathan Horton and Michael Ryder on what could’ve been a great No. 1 line.

Rich Peverley

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