Boston, MA - In the 1960s, it was Bobby Orr. In the 1970s, it was Phil Esposito. In the 1980s, it was Ray Bourque. In the 1990s, it was Cam Neely. In the 2000s, it was Joe Thornton. In the 2010s, it's been Patrice Bergeron. Every decade of NHL hockey has seen a different superstar emerge from hockey rinks in Boston. But now that the Boston Bruins franchise is only one season out from entering the 2020s, many fans are wondering: who will be the next superstar to come out of the Bruins organization?
There are a plethora of obvious candidates for the title of 2020s Bruins superstar. Bergeron could carry over his exceptional play through the next decade, but that would be about as likely as team captain Zdeno Chara doing the same. They'll be influential players and crucial to the team's success, but I doubt they'll be the best of the Bruins in the next ten years.
Brad Marchand has as good an argument as anyone to dethrone Bergeron for the title of the 2010s' top superstar from Boston, but the same argument for Bergy and Chara for the 2020s applies to Marchand most likely. David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk, Torey Krug, David Pastrnak: they all have excellent cases to be the superstar of the 2020s. But one player stands out above the rest as the heir apparent to the Bruins throne.
Charlie McAvoy was an early pick in the 2016 NHL draft by Boston and despite scoring three points in six games during the 2017 post-season, McAvoy made his splash of a debut during the 2017-18 season, in which he played sixty-three games and racked up thirty-two points, adding five more during the playoffs.
The defenseman also made the NHL All-Rookie team last season, coming in at fifth for the actual Rookie of the Year title. But just because he didn't win the award doesn't mean that he shows more promise than almost any other sophomore in the league. McAvoy seems destined to join the ranks of great Bruins, never mind Bruins defensemen. But we still have a couple years to watch him play; let's not rush anything.