Season Preview: Boston Bruins depth chart
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theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.

The Boston Bruins enter the 2016-17 season having made few offseason moves.

The club was ultimately unable to come to terms with second-leading scorer Loui Eriksson, who took his talents back to the Western Conference and the Vancouver Canucks.

In his place, the Bruins took what some might deem a gamble, committing five years and $30 million to former St. Louis Blues captain David Backes.

The Bruins missed the postseason by a mere three points last season but should push for a playoff berth once again in 2016-17. With no vast offseason improvements, however, success will have to come from within.

Related: Season preview: 3 players to watch on the Bruins

Forwards

LW C RW
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Backes
Ryan Spooner David Krejci David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey Riley Nash Jimmy Hayes
Frank Vatrano Dominic Moore Tyler Randell
  • While the Bruins top nine forwards appear set in stone, there could be competition, especially with Peter Mueller, who was signed to a professional tryout, and Seth Griffith, who looks like he may have outgrown the AHL.

Defense

LD RD
Zdeno Chara Kevan Miller
Torey Krug Adam McQuaid
Joe Morrow John-Michael Liles
  • The Bruins defensive depth is thin, so don't expect too many surprises coming out of training camp.

Goalies

G
Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin
  • Both Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre could have a chance at the backup goalie position, but unless they marvel in preseason and/or Anton Khudobin is unexpectedly terrible, they're likely to start the season in the AHL.

NHL Depth Charts

ANA | ARI | BOS | BUF | CGY
CAR | CHI | COL | CBS | DAL
DET | EDM | FLA | LA | MIN
MTL | NSH | NJD | NYI | NYR
PHI | PIT | OTT | STL | SJ
TB | TOR | VAN | WSH | WIN

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