BOSTON: The top four is set on defense, and it already has one undersized player in Torey Krug, but Matt Grzelcyk made a case during the playoff run that he’s ready to make a big contribution. In his three seasons, he’s progressively had more minutes, more responsibility and more production.
BUFFALO: Casey Mittelstadt’s rookie season was underwhelming by eye-test or analytics standards. Shuttled between center and left wing in the bottom six, he never gained comfort and confidence. But with his pedigree, he’ll produce more if he moves up in the lineup.
CAROLINA: Everything was better for left winger Warren Foegele in the playoffs. The solidly built rookie had just 15 points in 77 regular-season games but tallied nine points in 15 playoff games with additional ice ...
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