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Tavares calls Bergeron the ‘hardest player to play against in the league’

Jan 27, 2014, 12:06 PM EST

From Dan Cagen of the MetroWest Daily News:

OK, so hardly an earth-shattering quote given Patrice Bergeron won the Selke Trophy in 2012. But still, high praise from one of the NHL’s top offensive players.

Via Extra Skater, here’s a chart that lends support to Tavares’ comment:

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No idea what you’re looking at? Alright, see how the circle with Bergeron’s name is dark blue? That means he’s got a really good Corsi. Now, see how his name is higher up than most of the other guys? That means he plays against really good players. And, finally, see how he’s to the left of most names? That means he’s starting in the defensive zone more than most of his teammates.

Most Stanley Cup-winning teams have a player like Bergeron. Whether it’s Jonathan Toews in Chicago, Pavel Datsyuk in Detroit, or Anze Kopitar in Los Angeles, these centers have the toughest jobs, and they still fare relatively well offensively.

  1. thesportsjudge - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    And yet some “fans” did not want him on the Olympic roster.

    • thesportsjudge - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      *hockey “fans”

    • jpelle82 - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      unfortunately some “fans” dont actually know what they are watching and cant appreciate it

  2. kastout11 - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I didn’t pay much attention to Bergeron until the playoffs last year. I always thought he was a great 2-way player and wins a ton of face-offs, but his toughness in the playoffs sold me. Not the scariest offensive players in the league, definitely a must for any team competing for the cup. He totally shut down Crosby and the Penguins last year in the playoffs, Chara also had something to do with that. Great player and now I always pay attention to what he is doing on the ice. He actually tallied a goal against my Flyers this weekend.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      The weird thing is that given the chance, he is very offensively gifted. If the B’s were to get away from their defense-first approach he would consistently be a 30+ goal, 80-90pt player

      • pastabelly - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        Up until Randy Jones’ dirty hit on him and him missing the rest of that season, he seemed be an emerging offensive star. I’m not sure what changed after that brutal injury, but it’s just good to see him have a great career.

  3. slaugin - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Easily the Bruins best all around Player and it’s not even debatable.

  4. amityvillefun - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Bergeron is a prime example on how to play the game responsibly in both zones, has grit where it counts, leadership, finesse and skill. You really can’t ask for anything more from a player and the Bruins are happy to have him.

    When a kid needs to learn the game, Bergeron is the guy to watch.

    Cool thing is he pretty humble about it too. Imagine that?

  5. bruinsfan55 - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Being a Bruins fan I get the privilege of watching this guy night in and night out and he has the most heart out of anyone I’ve ever watched. He’s an unreal two player and has still been producing offensively. He’s the Bruins future captain after Chara retires. The Bruins drafted this guy in the 2nd round in 03 I believe it was, how lucky were yet to find this guy? Amazing

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