In the offseason, the Boston Bruins focused on improving their bottom six.
One of their major additions was former Vegas Golden Knight Tomas Nosek. The veteran winger was coming off a career year and brought playoff experience to the Bruins’ forward group. In the first week of the regular season, he is making a good first impression.
Through the Bruins first three games, Nosek has one goal and one assist. The 29-year-old scored what proved to be the game-winner in the Bruins’ victory over Buffalo. With Nick Foligno out of action on Friday night, Nosek was promoted to the third line to start and eventually worked his way onto the second line and did not disappoint. In 15:59 minutes of ice time, he attempted two shots and made a difference on both ends of the ice.
So far this season, the Czech native has blocked two shots and landed seven hits. He has also been effective in the face-off circle, where he has a 63.3 winning percentage. He is making his presence felt and contributing regardless of the situation.
As the Bruins have gotten off to a 2-1 start, Nosek is averaging 14:03 ice time per game. He has not been afraid of crashing the net and seen some time on the penalty kill. Despite having to learn a new system, he has picked up where he left off last season. Nosek recorded double-digit assists for the first time during the 2020-2021 campaign and has continued to be aggressive in the offensive zone.
While the Bruins season is less than two weeks old, Nosek has stood out. His versatility has already been on full display, which will be key throughout the season. In the Bruins’ second win, he got to play alongside Charlie Coyle and Taylor Hall. When asked about the opportunity, Nosek said, “I’m grateful for every chance to get more ice time, it gives you a little more confidence, and you get the chance to play with guys like Taylor Hall and Charlie Coyle, it’s a good opportunity.”
After a disappointing playoff exit, the Bruins’ bottom-six needed a new look. In Nosek, the Bruins got a big body who can come through in the clutch. So far, he has come as advertised and been a good fit. As the Bruins depth has been tested, Nosek has shown his value.