Fresh off a disappointing three-point performance in the Bruins’ seven-game first-round loss to Washington, center David Krejci is going to try to do a better job for his homeland, the Czech Republic.
As per rosters published on NHL.com, Krejci will be skating for his native country in the upcoming 2012 IIHF World Championship in Finland and Sweden.
Zdeno Chara (Slovakia) is the only other Bruins player on any of the rosters, as he will join former Bruins forward Miro Satan and the rest of his countrymen.
Krejci’s only previous World Championship experience was in 2008, when after his rookie NHL season he failed to record a point in fives games. He fared much better at the 2010 Winter Olympics, as he posted 2-1-3 totals in five games, including an overtime game-winner. Should Krejci find his scoring touch in international competition, it would be a bitter pill for Bruins fans to swallow. But maybe Krejci can produce a performance to build on heading into next season.
This will be Chara’s seventh World Championship. He had 6-4-10 totals combined in those tournaments.