Early Stock Watch for Boston Bruins' Top Stars in 2013-14

Michael SmithContributor IIIOctober 23, 2013

Early Stock Watch for Boston Bruins' Top Stars in 2013-14

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    The Bruins are eight games into the 2013-14 season and have posted an impressive 6-2 record.

    One question worth asking is, how are the top stars doing? In a word: great.

    To no one's surprise, David Krejci and Milan Lucic are at the top of the stat sheet for the B's—along with the surprising Reilly Smith and, of course, Patrice Bergeron. Tuukka Rask has been solid in net, with one shutout on the season.

    Here is the early stock watch for Boston's top stars.

Milan Lucic: Stock Rising

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    Lucic has been a force this year, and he had another multi-point game Wednesday at Buffalo. The bruising forward had two goals and an assist to help the B's collect their sixth win of the year.

    Lucic has been very consistent this season and has kept up his M.O. with his share of penalty minutes as well.

    After Wednesday's game, he has nine points in eight contests.

Patrice Bergeron: Stock Stays Steady

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    Bergeron this season has been the complete player we expect him to be.

    He has two goals and two assists through eight games and has posted above 50 percent from the faceoff circle in all but two games.

    He's been solid on special teams. His scoring hasn't jumped off the sheet, but it never does. He is known for quality, not quantity.

    Bergeron's stock is steady because he's playing just like expected.

David Krejci: Stock Rising

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    Much was made in the offseason (especially from yours truly) about the departure of Nathan Horton from Boston's top line. How would Jarome Iginla fit into the equation? Could the line still produce points like it had in the past?

    Thanks to Krejci, so far it has.

    Two assists against the Sabres on Wednesday pushed his season total to a team-leading seven, and he has one goal to go along, placing him second in points behind his linemate, Lucic.

    Iginla has mixed with the line nicely, as he has four assists (but no goals) on the young season. Krejci is the catalyst for the line, and he has done a great job of making the first line not miss a beat from last season.

    Krejci will continue to produce points, and it's only a matter of time before he and Iginla start putting them in the back of the net themselves.

Zdeno Chara: Stock Rising

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    The Bruins big man has been steady on the blue line this season and deadly in front of the net (even without the puck).

    He continues to log a lot of ice time and is always near the mid-20s in minutes for each game.

    The biggest part of Chara's game this season has been his new role on the power play. The B's have utilized his big frame in front of the net, and it has paid off with goals from the outside, especially from the young defensemen on the squad. Chara even put on a few moves himself with his goal against the Red Wings.

    His stock is rising because his net-front presence has helped out the power play and he is still one of the best shutdown defensemen in the league.

Tuukka Rask: Stock Rising

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    Rask has played like a man with a new contract this season, notching a 5-2 record in his first seven games, including a shutout.

    According to ESPN, he is second in the NHL with a .954 save percentage and is third with a 1.29 goals-against average. It's hard for someone not to invest in you with those kinds of numbers.