What does the name "Chris Kelly" make you think of, Bruins fans? Do you think of a defensively responsible centerman, a guy who you want on the ice when the Bruins are protecting a lead? Do you think of an offensively challenged player, someone so committed to defense that he often serves as an impediment to a robust forecheck? Perhaps you think both things, throwing yourself into a paradoxical debate over which comes first, the defense or the offense? One of the most popular criticisms in the Claude Julien era is that the Bruins are too defensive, and Chris Kelly is often looked to as an example of this mentality. Those of us with a passing familiarity of statistics would be able to respond that in 5 v. 5 in the Claude Julien era, the Bruins have scored the 3rd most goals whilst allowing the fewest goals of any Club (This just in: you CAN have your cake and eat it too). Chris Kelly as a whipping boy/scapegoat/punching bag/pariah may not be entirely warranted given what the Bruins have accomplished...but do the statistics merit that assertion?
|Chris Kelly||GP||G||A||Pts||PIM||+/-||Sh %||FF%|
|2013-2014 Regular Season||57||9||9||18||32||2||13.0||50.3|
|NHL Career Totals||660||109||138||247||344||47||11.5||50.3*|
*5 v. 5, 2007-2014
Much like he has for his entire career in Boston, Chris Kelly served as the anchor (interpret that imagery however you wish) of the 3rd line, centering multiple wingers throughout the year (Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg, Daniel Paille etc.). As in the 2012-2013 campaign, Chris Kelly's season was marred by a broken bone in his leg (his right fibula, to be precise), causing him to miss all but 4 games in December and January combined.
Of note for Kelly is that once Julien settled on a third line of Kelly and Eriksson on the wings centered by Soderberg, that line began to gel and drew high praise from various sources throughout the later stages of the year. It's a bit ironic considering that the third line, which so often was the target of criticism and blame in previous campaigns, would be reborn out of the ashes of a player with multiple broken leg bones (Kelly), a player with multiple concussions (Eriksson) and a player still trying to acclimate to the style of the NHL (Soderberg).
Compare and Contrast:
|2013-2014 Regular Season||GP||TOI||TOI/60||SH TOI %*||G||A||Pts||CF%||FF%||FW||FL||FO%||ZS%||QoC TOI%|
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