Let me start off by saying I’m fully aware Marchand has always been a very good player. But 80 points with 10 games left good? Come on! You can’t tell me you saw that coming from the little ball of hate. As a 5’9 third round pick back in ’06, people knew Marchand had game.. but he was never expected to be more than gritty 2nd or 3rd liner that buried 20 goals a year.
When people think of Brad Marchand the first thing that comes to mind is, well, a little ball of hate. He’s unquestionably one of the leagues most hated players having been suspended 4 times since entering the league, and constantly being fined for his slew footing antics. People around the league like the throw the word “dirty” or “cheap” when talking about o’l Marchy.. but as a Bruins fan, I like to think of him as more of an “agitator.”
Up until last season we thought we knew what we’d get from Marchy points whys year in and year out, as he totaled 41, 55, 36, 53, and 42 between ’10-’15. Then came the ’15-16 season when Marchy recorded a career high 61 points, earning himself a spot on the Canadian World Cup roster.. as well as a new fat contract consisting of 8 years and 49 million (this isn’t the NFL or NBA… 49 is a lot of fucking dough in the NHL). That deal is beginning to look like quite the steal for Boston as Marchy has 80 points on the season which ties him with the great Sidney Crosby for 2nd most in the league (McDavid has 82).
Marchand is unlocking his potential at the perfect time, as Zdeno Chara sucks ass and is getting ready to hang ‘em up, and with Patrice Bergeron having a bit of a down year.. this man right here is set up to be the new face of the Bruins franchise, whether fans like it or not (I for one fucking love it).