Krejci opened the scoring with his first goal of the season during a 3-2 overtime loss to the Oilers on Thursday. Outside of the three-headed monster that is the first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, Bruins forwards have struggled to add to the offense. Krejci (six points) is the only other forward to have more than two points on the team. The Bruins are going to need Krejci's linemates to shake off the rust if they hope to add scoring depth to the team.
Krejci dished out two helpers in Saturday's 8-2 win over Detroit. There's a major drop-off from Boston's first line to the second line centered by Krejci, but the veteran pivot has still returned some value with four helpers through five games. Fantasy owners are certainly hoping he'll start looking for his own shot more, though, as Krejci has put the puck on net only three times this season after getting blanked in that category in this game.
Krejci tallied one assist in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Sabres. Krejci missed 18 games in 2017-18, a year after not missing a game. He made a nice pass on David Pastrnak's goal, the third of the game, and appears to be building early chemistry with his linemates. When healthy, the 32-year-old can be a dynamic difference maker.
Krejci will miss the Bruins' preseason matchups with Calgary in China due to a visa issue. Krejci won't have to sacrifice preseason preparations, as he can suit up against the Capitals on Sept. 16 and 18 in the USA. It's probably a disappointment for the veteran that he won't be able to travel to China, but otherwise this should have no impact on his ability to be ready for the 2018-19 campaign.
Krejci will play for the Czech Republic in the upcoming World Championship. Krejci, who logged 17 goals and 44 points in 64 regular-season contests, picked up the pace a bit in the playoffs, recording three goals and 10 points in 12 games. The 32-year-old is under contract with the Bruins through the 2020-21 season, so he's entrenched as a top-six forward and power-play contributor for the team for the foreseeable future. Nagging injuries can be a concern for Krejci at times, but when healthy his calling cards remain excellent vision and crafty play-making skills -- traits that serve him well in his role as the team's second-line center.
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