You watch him play with veteran savvy and the vision of a player wise beyond his years and you forget – Boston Bruins center David Krejci is only 22 years old.
Krejci is still the Bruins’ second-leading points man with 64 and fourth-leading goal-scorer with 21. But other than a tough-angle goal through Cristobal Huet’s pads March 7, Krejci hasn’t scored a goal — and only added four assists — in his last 15 games since a one-goal, one-assist game Feb. 17 at Carolina.
However, that’s where Krejci’s maturity comes in. In the past, he might’ve sulked over his lack of production. But now just less than a month from his 23rd birthday and completing his second full NHL season, Krejci has seen the light as far as putting the team first.
“Now is the time of year that you’ve got to sacrifice your (numbers) and you’ve got to do more stuff for the team,” he told TheBruinsBlog.net after practice today in Wilmington, Mass. “At the end of the year, I want to look at the statistics for the team and really win something than to be out of the playoffs and be happy with myself. I don’t want that. So you’ve just got to sacrifice for the team and do those things I don’t like to do. But it’s going to help us.” (more…)