By Ryan Donahue
Although the Bruins were eliminated in the first round this year, there is still a positive to come out of the series; the performance of BU Terrier Charlie McAvoy.
Everybody knows the playoff atmosphere of professional sports is completely different than the regular season. So when some of our top tier defense men like Torey Krug got injured, the McAvoy was offered an entry level contract just so he was eligible to play in the postseason. So in the first playoff game against Ottowa, McAvoy played. So not only did McAvoy play against a top level team like the Senators, his first ever game was a playoff game. In this game, 19 year old Charlie McAvoy started with 39 year old veteran Zdeno Chara. He led the first power play unit with stars like Bergeron and Marchand, and logged 24 minutes of ice time to contribute to the win.
Even though the Bruins lost the series 4 games to 2, McAvoy impressed the Bruins orginization and fan base. He was a solid player who acted like a veteran with 3 points in his first 6 games, which happened to be playoff games. With such a successful performance in a high tempo environment, Charlie looks poised to play alongside Krug and Chara for the 2017-18 season.