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Bruins' forward Trent Frederic exceeding expectations
When Trent Frederic first broke into the NHL, he was known for setting the tone with big hits and getting under his opponent's skin. Last season, his game evolved as he became a threat offensively. During the 2023-204 campaign, that has continued as the former first-round pick has been vital to the Bruins's success.
Through 16 games, the St. Louis native has scored five goals. He has also added two assists to his resume and ranks eighth on the Bruins in points. Due to Frederic's play, the trio of Charlie Coyle and James van Riemsdyk has become one of Boston's best lines.
Their impact has not gone unnoticed by Jim Montgomery, who highlighted the trio's play on Saturday night following the Bruins win over Montreal.
“They’re doing what I had hoped they would, which is being an (dominant offensive zone) kind of line,” Montgomery told reporters postgame. “I know they’re all smart players. I’m confident, no matter who they’re going against, they can get the job done.”
While Frederic has thrived offensively, he has not abandoned his roots. The 25-year-old has landed 25 hits and blocked nine shots. He is also winning a career-high 69.2 % of his faceoffs. Frederic’s ability to affect a game in multiple ways has made him a valuable piece. For the Bruins his adjustments have been a welcomed sign.
Although the season is far from over, Frederic only needs 12 more goals to match his career high. With over 60 games left, he has plenty of time to reach that mark. The last few weeks have shown that a career year could be in store, as Frederic is taking his game to another level while getting more ice time than ever before.
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