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Who replaces Charlie McAvoy in the lineup in Game 1?

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While none can match McAvoy, the Bruins do have some options.

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Charlie McAvoy is out for Game 1. That much is clear. What’s a little murkier is who the Bruins are going to use to replace him.

McAvoy is a right shot, making it logical to assume the Bruins will want a right shot to take his spot. They could, of course, ask a guy to play on his off side as well.

So...what are the options?

The probables

Steven Kampfer

Kampfer is probably the most likely plug-in here. He’s fairly mobile, is a right shot, and is a bit more offensively inclined than some of the other options, which could help in the McAvoy spot.

Kampfer isn’t anywhere close to McAvoy overall, but he’s probably the most logical solution. He last played in Game 3 in the Toronto series, skating just over 11 minutes.

John Moore

If Kampfer is the most likely candidate, Moore probably takes second place. The one issue: he’s a left shot. However, the veteran Moore has played on his off side in the past, so while it isn’t ideal, it also isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

Moore last appeared in Game 7 vs. Toronto, where he played about 14 minutes. He played in four games in that series, but wasn’t terribly effective. He was then day-to-day with an upper-body injury through the entire Columbus series.

The less likely guys

Jeremy Lauzon

He had flashes for the Bruins this season, but likely isn’t going to get the call here. Like McAvoy, he could do some roving around the ice, but he’s also a left shot and only has 16 NHL games under his belt.

Urho Vaakanainen

Urhooooooooooooooooo!!!!! The Once and Future Finn hasn’t been seen in the NHL since that garbage elbow by Mark Borowiecki, but he looked promising. He’s been dealing with injuries throughout the year in the AHL, but should be healthy now.

However, he’s also a left shot. Plus, it might not be the best idea to throw him into playoff action after an up-and-down season. “Go get ‘em, kid!”


If the Bruins were to roll with either of those wild card options, they’d likely have to play either guy very sheltered minutes and lean heavily on Brandon Carlo, Zdeno Chara, and Torey Krug. Not ideal.

It probably comes down to Kampfer or Moore. If I’m making that call, I go with Kampfer, but my guess is that the Bruins choose Moore.

If that’s the case, you might see:

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug - Connor Clifton

Matt Grzelcyk - John Moore

That second pairing is a little scary, so you could swap Moore and Clifton if you want. Then the third pair becomes scary.

Hey, it’s only one game.