If you have been watching the Bruin's this season, so far its been a roller coaster ride. One thing that has brought excitement is this kid from Brampton Ontario - Tyler Randell.
They made the decision to bring him in after a tough season opening three game homestand where the B's blinked and saw an 0-3 record after their first three games. The team looked horrible and did not look like the team that Sweeney wanted to put on the ice.
Then they called Tyler Randell up. They went on a two game road trip playing Colorado and Arizona and played excellent. Randell being a fourth liner didn't get to see much ice in the much needed win - only 4:07 TOI - but when he was given his chance he put the puck in the net on a beauty tip and made sure that the Bruin's brass upstairs wouldn't regret calling him up.
I have said it so many times over and over that I hate to say it again, but this team has not been close to the same team compared to when Shawn Thornton was here. With Tyler Randell emerging out of Providence, I am actually happy to say that it looks like we have Thornton 2.0. Randell has played excellent alongside Rinaldo and Kemppainen. They bring a ton of grit and speed to the game which generates a ton of energy - something that this team looked like it needed badly after the first three games.
Randell continued to prove that he wants to stay up with the club when they played Arizona. Thanks to a great pass by Krejci, Randell dished the puck in the net on a nifty backhand, netting his second NHL goal. Two shots, two goals. Heres the highlights of that game, courtesy of the NHL.
If you watched preseason hockey like I did, you should already know who Randell is. He played excellent and put himself on the line countless times for this team. Sweeney talked about getting back to the Big Bad Bruin's style of hockey and with guys like Randell, Miller, and McQuaid in the lineup, I think were on our way back. You can't not get pumped by watching these fights.
Randell has put in the hard work and has toughed it out in the AHL, ECHL, etc. and finally he is getting his chance. After 105 career fights since his days in the OHL, its about time. Thornton toughed it out for years in the minors and when he got his chance he took and it never looked back. Hopefully the same can happen for Randell because to me, he deserves to be there. The fans will love him instantly if they don't already. He is the blue collar hardworking tough guy that this team has missed since Thornton left. Hopefully the guys upstairs don't take him for granted because its guys like Randell that bring character and heart to the team and theres no stat for how much that helps build a winning team.
By Connor Yourth