On June 24, 2016, the Boston Bruins drafted Boston University defenseman, Charlie McAvoy. McAvoy was the 14th pick of the first round. Said to be incredibly talented and promising, the Bruins management put a lot of faith into the rookie.
At first, he was excellent. In both the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons, he scored seven goals, had more than 20 assists, and made the World Championship teams. His first game took place in April of 2017 against the Ottawa Senators. The game was a 2-1 playoff victory in which the young defenseman had the second most time on ice. His first regular-season showdown was against the Nashville Predators in the 2017 season opener. McAvoy recorded his first point in that game and thus went onto racking up points- even earning his first Gordie Howe hat trick later that season.
As of September 2019, Charlie McAvoy was signed for three years at a cap hit of $4.9 million a year. Since then, he seems to have hit a plateau. He has struggled to keep the puck in the offensive zone and has been taking poor angles on the puck. His skating has even slowed up a bit, having allowed numerous breakaway attempts, and it’s only November! Though his +/- is a 9, that is very misleading. So far this season, he has zero goals, only seven assists, and a lot of missed opportunities. Every other Bruins defenseman has the same amount of points or more and has all been more involved in plays. There are plenty of guys in Providence who have played solid games, both in the minors and in the NHL this season that could easily slide into a McAvoy type of position in the next few years if old McAvoy doesn’t step it up.
This downhill spiral certainly sucks because McAvoy still has so much potential. He is a hard worker and all of the guys love him, as do the fans.
I think it is just a slump though McAvoy could easily benefit from sitting out a couple of games. He needs to get his head back in the game and realize how good he has it and that it could be taken out from under him in an instant. Maybe if benched, it will finally wake him up and return to being “the star” he was intended to be in the first place. He is only 21 years old and still has plenty of time left in this sport to take it over, but it would benefit himself as well as the Bruins if he could speed up that process just a little.