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Behind The Bench: Brad Marchand

by on 09/20/2011

Vitals

Born: Halifax, NS, CAN
Birth date: May 11, 1988
Height: 5’9” (175 cm)
Weight: 183 Lbs (83 kg)
Position: Left Wing/Right Wing
Shoots: Left
NHL Draft: 71st overall by the Boston Bruins in 2006
NHL Team: Boston Bruins
Jersey No: #63
National Team: Canada
NHL Contract: 12/13
Cap Hit: $2,500,000

History

Marchand was picked 24th overall by the Moncton Wildcats in the 2004 QMJHL Draft.

He joined Moncton for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 season. In his rookie season, Marchand displayed an offensive upside, tallying 29 points in 61 games. Marchand opened the flood gates in his sophomore season with the Wildcats. Marchand recorded 29 goals and 37 assists in 68 games and helped lead the Wildcats to the Memorial Cup finals against the Quebec Remparts.

The off-season was a busy one for Marchand, as the Wildcats traded him to the Val d’Or Foreurs for Luc Bourdon. The Boston Bruins also selected Marchand 71st overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Marchand’s finished his first season with the Val d’Or Foreurs, with an impressive 33 goals and 47 assists in 57 games. He’s statistical improvements can be attributed to his hard work to simplify his game and relentless puck pursuit. He also joined Team Canada for the 2007 U20 WJC and helped Team Canada win a gold medal. The tournament marked Marchand’s first time representing his country at the WJC tournament. The Bruins signed Marchand to a three-year NHL entry-level contract after his first season with Val d’Or Foreurs.

Marchand started the 2007-08 season with Val d’Or but was traded mid-season to the Halifax Mooseheads. Marchand finished the season second on the Mooseheads in scoring behind Jakub Voracek. Marchand represented Canada for the second straight year at the U20 WJC and helped Canada to a second gold medal in as many years.

Marchand spent the 2008-09 season in the AHL with the Providence Bruins. During his rookie season, Marchand recorded 59 points in 79 games. He added another 7 goals and 8 assists in 16 playoff games for Providence.

Marchand did not make Boston’s opening night lineup and started in the AHL. He was quickly recalled and scored his first NHL goal on October 21, 2009. Marchand split the rest of the season between Providence and Boston. In 34 AHL games, he scored 13 goals and 19 assists, in 20 NHL games, he recorded 1 assist.

Coming into training camp for the 2010-11 season, Marchand promised head coach, Claude Julien, if he makes the team, he’ll score 20 goals for him. Marchand made the team out of training camp and went on to play 77 regular season games, recording 21 goals and 20 assists. Marchand was a major player in the Bruins Stanley Cup run. Marchand played in 25 Stanley Cup playoffs and scored 11 goals and 8 points. With Marchand’s help, the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. Marchand’s 11 goals during the 2011 playoffs is tied with Jeremy Roenick for second most goals for a rookie during the playoffs in the NHL.

Talent Analysis

Pros

  • Likes to be physical
  • Plays bigger than his frame suggests
  • Excellent two-way player
  • Effective agitator
  • Clutch player
  • Great skater
  • Battles hard for the puck
  • High compete-level
  • Very self-confident
  • Good, accurate shot, despite not being a natural goal-scorer

Cons

  • Diminutive size
  • Will choose the highlight reel play over the safe and simple play
  • Not a natural goal-scorer

Future

Last week Marchand signed a two-year contract extension with the Bruins. He’ll stay in Boston and continue to develop his game at the NHL level. He’ll be expected to produce more offensively as both Mark Recchi (retired) and Michael Ryder (signed with the Dallas Stars) are no longer on the team, freeing up a spot on the second line. Marchand will get his first crack at flanking Patrice Bergeron on either wing and unless he is the only player on the team to suffer a Stanley Cup hangover, he’s all but assured the spot.

The diminutive winger showed last year he can produce and do so when it matters most. With Bergeron, an extremely underrated playmaker, as his center, Marchand should easily eclipse 25 goals and 50 points next season.

As Marchand matures and becomes more of a leader for the Bruins, it’s highly likely he follows the development of former agitators, Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler. Both of whom are well known in the league as agitators but have learned to play whistle-to-whistle and focus on the game.

Marchand should settle into a dependable 60 to 70-point winger.

For fantasy players, Marchand is still a year or two away from making a huge fantasy impact. When he does, he’ll be an all-round fantasy producer, putting up points and PIM.

NHL Highlights

  • Drafted 71st in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
  • 1st NHL Game Played – October 21st, 2009 vs. Nashville Predators (3-2 W)
  • 1st NHL Point – October 21st, 2009 vs. Nashville Predators (Assist)
  • 1st NHL Goal – November 3rd, 2010 vs. Buffalo Sabres (SH)
  • 1st NHL Assist – October 21st, 2009 vs. Nashville Predators
  • 1st NHL Multi-point Game – November 3rd, 2010 vs. Buffalo Sabres (Goal and an assist)
  • 1st NHL Playoff GP – April 14th, 2011 Vs. Montreal Canadiens (0-2 L)
  • 1st NHL Playoff Point – April 16th, 2011 vs. Montreal Canadiens (Assist)
  • 1st NHL Playoff Goal – April 23rd, 2011 vs. Montreal Canadiens
  • 1st NHL Playoff Assists – April 16th, 2011 vs. Montreal Canadiens
  • 1st NHL Multi-point Game – April 21st, 2011 vs. Montreal Canadiens (2 assists)
  • 2010-11 NHL Stanley Cup Champion

Career Highlights

  • 2004-05 U17 WHC Bronze Medal
  • 2005-06 QMJHL Champion
  • 2006-07 U20 WJC Gold Medal
  • 2007-08 U20 WJC Gold Medal
  • 2010-11 Boston 7th Player Award
  • 2010-11 NHL Stanley Cup Champion

Career Stats

AHL: 113 GP, 31 G, 60 A, 91 Pts
AHL Playoffs: 16 GP, 7 G, 8 A, 15 Pts
Memorial Cup: 5 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 Pts
NHL: 97 GP, 21 G, 21 A, 42 Pts
NHL Playoffs: 25 GP, 11 G, 8 A, 19 Pts
QMJHL: 245 GP, 102 G, 146 A, 248 Pts
QMJHL Playoffs: 65 GP, 25 G, 54 A, 79 Pts
WHC-17: 6 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 Pts
WJC-20: 13 GP, 6 G, 2 A, 8 Pts

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