BOSTON -- Could we see a more proactive David Krejci in front of the net during the 2011-12 season?
The crafty center led the Bruins in points during the regular season with 13-49--62 totals, then was even more productive with 12-11--23 totals in 25 playoff games (also a team-high). Along with increasing his speed and strength, Krejci said one of his goals for the coming season is to take more shots on net rather than passing to one of his favored wingers, Milan Lucic or Nathan Horton.
“I want to bury my chance once I get it,” Krejci said. “I’ve got to make sure I put it in the back of the net. I don’t want to waste the chances I’m going to have this year. I’m going to bear down and score on as many chances as I have.”
Asked if he gained confidence in shooting from the Stanley Cup run, Krejci was his usual modest self.
“It was only the second practice today, so we’ll see what happens,” he said. “I’ll try to carry the momentum of what I had in the playoffs and try to score some goals. I’m going to shoot a lot of pucks this year. It’s easy to say, so we’ve got to wait and see.”
Coach Claude Julien, however, said the postseason run helped Krejci's psyche.
“I think that’s where he gained a lot of that confidence,” Julien said. “He realized he can do it in the playoffs. He scored almost as many in the playoffs as he did during the regular season because he decided to shoot more and went more to the net. He showed a little bit more determination in that area, and I think he realized he’s capable of doing that.
“Again, I see a guy probably improving with those numbers this year, especially if he understands it and focuses on it, you’re going to see him shoot it more. We need that from David because there were times last year where he was in some great scoring areas, and he chose to pass instead. We had that issue with Savvy [Marc Savard] at one point, he always looked to pass before shooting, and those guys know that they do that, but breaking them out of that habit is a little bit tougher than just realizing it."