By: Tim A Richardson | Follow Me On Twitter @TimARichardson
The Boston Bruins drafted Zach Senyshyn in the first round, 15th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. At the time of the draft, Senyshyn was a player with elite skating ability and an improving offensive ability. The young forward is also the topic of many discussions amongst Bruins’ fandom. There is a large part of the fanbase that wanted a different player drafted at his spot. That same group of fans also believe he’s taking too long to develop. There’s also a group of the fanbase that thinks he deserves a chance in Boston with the big club. Regardless of where you fall on the Senyshyn argument, let’s dive into his season and see how he did.
Senyshyn was coming off a down 2019-2020 season that saw him net seven goals while dishing out nine assists for 16 total points in 42 games played. The young forward was looking to start his 2020-2021 season on a hot streak, and that’s what he did. Senyshyn recorded a point in six of his first seven games. He found the back of the net four times while dishing out three assists for seven total points in that time frame.
The Boston Bruins had some injury and general ineffectiveness issues, and with Senyshyn playing so well, he earned himself a call-up. Unfortunately, with the young forward playing well, he got injured. The speedy winger has had problems with this in the past. He gets the call-up to Boston, is playing well, and gets hurt. Unfortunately, it’s happened two years in a row, but I do not think it should deter the Bruins from calling him up in the future.
Senyshyn would end up playing eight games in Boston without registering a point. Once healthy, the young forward continued to excel in Providence. In 18 games on the year, he netted seven goals while dishing out six assists for 13 total points. Overall it was the young forward’s most productive season scoring at a .72 point per game clip. He showed that next season, he deserves a shot in Boston’s lineup. His speed and offensive ability could change the bottom-six for the better.
So what’s next for Zach Senyshyn? I believe that the speedy winger is going to get his chance in Boston. He deserves a shot on the bottom-six. Going into the pre-season, he’s going to get a long look, and I think he wins a spot out of camp. Senyshyn’s speed and offensive ability can change the dynamic of the bottom six. Depending on free agency and what players Boston brings back, we all know their top two lines are top-notch. The bottom two lines have a lot of question marks. Senyshyn would go a long way to answering those question marks. I believe that the young forward ends up being a fixture on Boston’s bottom six for years to come. I hope everyone is having a happy and safe summer. Feel free to send me any comments or questions on Twitter. As always, GO, Bs, GO!