It’s Underdog Week across SB Nation! Today, we’ll take a look at some of the favorite underdog players in recent Bruins history.
Everyone loves an underdog, right? Well, maybe not this year, when the Bruins will likely head into the playoffs as a favorite in the Eastern Conference.
Still, there’s something about rooting for the obscure guys, the guys who took a weird route to the show, or the guys who were down and out before making it to the top.
Let’s take a look at some memorable Bruin underdogs!
While he’s not exactly a superstar, Metropolit was an easy guy to root for. He spent one season in Boston, playing in all 82 regular season games and 7 playoff games.
He had 34 points in that span, but was better known for a reliable, grinder style of play. You know, the kind of guy that usually endears himself to Bruins fans.
Metropolit’s past made him even easier to root for. He grew up in government housing in Toronto. He wasn’t drafted in juniors. He wasn’t drafted by an NHL team.
In fact, his pre-NHL stints were a true whirlwind. He played for the Nashville Knights, the Atlanta Knights, the Pensacola Ice Pilots, and the Grand Rapids Griffins, among others.
After he made it to the NHL with the Capitals, he ended up in Finland with Jokerit, then in Switzerland with HC Lugano...a true globetrotter.
With all that, he carved out a nice little NHL career for himself: 437 games, 58 goals, 106 assists.
This one’s obvious. Thomas was drafted 217th overall, and had an outstanding college career at the University of Vermont.
However, a draft slot and a good college run didn’t lead to an NHL shot. After college, Thomas went to Houston, then Birmingham, then Finland, then Hamilton, then Detroit (IHL), then back to Finland, then FINALLY, to Boston, where he made his NHL debut at nearly 30 years old.
That NHL stint didn’t stick, and he bounced from the AHL to the NHL before finally becoming a regular in 2006. We all know the rest of the story.
Anyone else have a favorite underdog Bruin? Could be a late-round draft pick who made good, or a guy who never quite put it together until he got here.
Have your say!