Patrice Bergeron is one of the best players in the National Hockey League.
This season, Bergeron has been outstanding for the Boston Bruins. In 5 games played, he owns 2.12 Goals/60 and 3.19 Total Assists/60. While those statistics are a bit inflated due to the amount of games played, he will still have a high Goals/60 and Total Assists/60 when the season is over.
If you don’t believe me, let’s look at his performance last season. Per NaturalStatTrick.com, Bergeron’s Goals per 60 was 0.97 and Total Assists/60 was 1.18. His Goals Per 60 was tied with Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and his Goals Per 60 rate was better than Nick Schmaltz of the Chicago Blackhawks, Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes, Jeff Skinner of the Buffalo Sabres, Phil Kessel of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets and John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In terms of his Assists Per 60 rate, he was tied with Vincent Trocheck. Plus, he posted a better Assists Per 60 rate than Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild, Bo Horvat of the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Johansen of the Nashville Predators, Kyle Turris of the Predators, Matt Duchene of the Ottawa Senators, Sidney Crosby of the Penguins, Jack Eichel of the Sabres, Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Jake Guentzel of the Penguins.
Additionally, his corsi-for percentage last year was outstanding. Bergeron has a 57.60 CF% while posting a 19:26 ATOI. That truly is outstanding and his CF% was better than other strong defensive forwards including Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames, Jaden Schwartz of the St. Louis Blues, Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Sidney Crosby.
When your team plays the Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron is always the forward that your team plans their game around. Bergeron has been one of the most consistent two-way top six forwards in the NHL. To date, he has 294 goals, 451 assists, 88 power-play goals, 140 power-play assists and a 10.3 shooting percentage in 968 career games. Additionally, he’s ranked 205th on the all-time goals list. He is tied with Michael Cammalleri and 3 goals behind Chicago Blackhawks centre, Jonathan Toews. On the all-time assists list, he’s tied for 195th with former NHLers, Guy Lapointe and Walt Tkaczuk.
In addition, he’s won the Frank J. Selke Trophy four times and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. He took home the Selke for multiple seasons as he’s been known as one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL. Yet, he still doesn’t get the love that he deserves. Alex Ovechkin, Patrik Laine, Auston Matthews, Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, John Tavares, Connor McDavid and Steven Stamkos are in the spotlight a lot more than Bergeron. It simply doesn’t make sense.
If you look at CJ Turtoro’s A3Z Two-Season Player Comparison Tool on Tableau, you’ll see that when you compare Bergeron to forwards like Tavares, Matthews, Laine and Crosby that he is one of the top stars in the NHL. Bergeron is outstanding in shot contributions, but his entry and exit possessions aren’t as stellar. While he isn’t as stellar in entry and exit possessions, he’s posted a better Shots per 60 than Sidney Crosby and was better than Laine last season in both shot contributions and entry possession.
My hope is that fans across the NHL start appreciating Bergeron even more. As you can see from the statistics shown above that Bergeron is a special player and even though he is 33 years old, he simply isn’t slowing down. He will be fun to watch for many years to come and hopefully will be in the Hall of Fame down the road.