While Patrice Bergeron's offensive numbers took a dip in 2016-17 -- 21 goals and 53 points in 79 games -- the 32-year-old pivot maintained his status as one of the league's elite two-way forwards en route to capturing his fourth Selke Trophy. Supporting his case, the veteran pivot led the NHL in faceoff wins (1,089) and was third in winning percentage (60.1) last season. Fantasy-wise, it's not like Bergeron's goal-scoring opportunities dried up last year. His 302 shots on goal ranked third in the league and marked the second-highest mark of his NHL career. Given that he's a power-play mainstay who's locked into the Bruins' top line alongside productive winger Brad Marchand, it's not hard to imagine an uptick in production for Bergeron with just a little more puck luck. Moreover, Bergeron underwent successful offseason surgery to repair the sports hernia that nagged him all of last season, so he should come into 2017-18 fresh and ready to leap back into the 60-point range.
Bergeron (sports hernia) will be ready for training camp when it begins Thursday, but is still undergoing rehab and may initially have some limitations, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports. While this may not sound like the best news, Bergeron confirmed that he will indeed be ready for Opening Night and that his recovery path is to ensure the injury doesn't flare up this season. The four-time Selke Trophy winner had a down year by his standards in 2016-17, notching 21 goals and 53 points in 79 games, but put together a phenomenal backstretch of the season with 12 goals and 35 points in 35 contests. Now that he'll be back to full health, look for Bergeron to be back at his best in 2017-18.
Bergeron (abdomen) joined his teammates for an offseason practice session Thursday. Bergeron appears to be back to 100 percent after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia over the summer. The 32-year-old registered his fourth consecutive 50-plus point campaign and should be primed for a fifth heading into the upcoming season. The Quebec native will almost certainly continue averaging over 19 minutes of ice time per game, suiting up on both the power-play and penalty-kill units. Although he may not be among the league's elite centers anymore, Bergeron should still produce high-end fantasy value.
Bergeron (sports hernia) received his fourth Frank J. Selke Trophy at the NHL Awards on Wednesday, tying him with Bob Gainey -- who presented the award -- for the most in league history. Despite scoring just 21 goals and 53 points this past season -- his lowest totals in four seasons -- Bergeron was his usual self on the other side of the puck, winning more than 60 percent of his faceoffs with a plus-42 differential in takeaways to giveaways, and posting a career-best 61.8 Corsi percentage at even strength. Since claiming his first Selke in 2012, Bergeron has never finished lower than second in the voting, which is a clear testament to his otherworldly two-way play. Offensively, the 31-year-old tops out around 60 or so points, but no other forward in recent memory this side of Pavel Datsyuk has been as dominant on defense as Bergeron.
Bergeron had successful sports hernia surgery on Monday and is expected to make a full recovery prior to the 2017-18 season. While Bergeron's presence for the start of next season was never really in question, it's nice to get some reassurance from the team itself and know that the injury is likely handled at this point. The veteran pivot did not have as good a campaign as we've come to expect from him, but he finished off the season nicely with two goals, two assists and 19 shots on goal during the Bruins' six-game playoff run.
Bergeron dealt with a sports hernia for much of the season and is contemplating surgery, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports. While a sports hernia would likely keep a normal person sidelined for weeks immediately upon incidence, hockey players like Bergeron seem to feel that playing seven months of competitive hockey at the highest level with the injury is totally fine. Even if the 31-year-old does elect to get surgery, the long end of rehabilitation time for the operation is around 12 weeks, meaning he'll likely be ready to go once training camp opens this fall. This was something of a down year for Bergeron, as his 53 points represents the lowest total he's had in his career when playing at least 79 games, but keep in mind that he was playing seriously injured and can be a force when healthy.
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