Charlie McAvoy on the verge of bringing the Bruins back

Charlie McAvoy on the verge of bringing the Bruins back

The Bruins have the best record in the NHL and are still largely healing.

Brad Marchand he wasted no time doing an impact on his surprise return in Boston’s lineup last week. Now, it looks like top defender Charlie McAvoy could be close to making his long-awaited return.

McAvoy skated in a black training shirt Monday after Brighton’s Warrior Ice Arena. That’s a notable development in his return from an offseason shoulder injury, as he’s ditched the non-contact jersey, an indication he’s close to being cleared for game action. McAvoy skating on the side Jakub Zboril during Monday’s session, according to reporters at practice.

It’s still unclear when McAvoy will return to the Bruins’ lineup, but it’s the latest sign he’s on track to return in November.

This is all welcome news, of course, but Jim Montgomery’s team has done a wonderful job keeping pace without some of their best players. Marchand, McAvoy and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk underwent offseason surgery and were expected to miss significant time. Grzelcyk was actually set to walk away from opening night, while Marchand overstayed his projected return window by at least a month.

All along, the Bruins have exceeded expectations and then some. Boston owns the NHL’s best record at 8-1-0, and their 18-plus goal differential also leads the league. While the B’s have benefited from a softer schedule to open the campaign, there were certainly questions about how they could adapt to a new system without a trio of their top players.

These questions have been answered in a resounding way and as the schedule begins to heat up, they have not only been picking up valuable points, but are also coming back at the right time.

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