One reason that this season’s Boston Bruins team has been fun to watch is the ample opportunity for different players to come up big in a key spot, night in and night out.
We know what the likes Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak can do as elite forwards in the National Hockey League. We have watched, too, as Boston University product Charlie McAvoy quickly progresses to top status on the blue line early in his true rookie season.
A rookie himself just a year ago, Danton Heinen had his chance to show what he could do right out of training camp in 2016. The two-year University of Denver standout stuck in Providence for a majority of the season after failing to crack the scoresheet over eight games in short stints with Boston from October through December.