Wow, hockey talk on CelticsBlog. I love Hockey, actually still play regularly with a light-weight, try-to-not-hurt-anyone group. Basketball is much more fun to follow and obsess over though (not sure why).
Hockey is more like football than basketball in that individual stars are less impactful. The Bruins philosophy has been depth over stars and it has actually been working pretty well overall. No one has any idea how all these pick will work out but a couple of firsts, a couple of seconds plus a couple of prospects could work out pretty well.
For this coming season, it will come down to Chara. When he is healthy, he can by himself create depth for them on defense. He is like the #1 starter on a baseball team. The #1 can't by himself make a pitching staff good but if you lose your #1, then someone who was an OK #2 becomes a marginal #1 and so on. That is what will happed to the Bruins if Chara doesn't bounce back. They won't be able to get the puck out of their own end.