Off Season Player Grades: Nick Bonino

2016-17 REGULAR SEASON:

GP   G    A   PTS   +/-   PIM
80   18  19    37     -5    16

2016-17 PLAYOFFS:

GP  G    A    PTS   +/-   PIM
21   4     3      7     +4      2

PLAYER GRADE (B):

Nick Bonino was a valuable player for the Pens over the regular season, but seemed a little lost at times and wasn’t quite the energy player he presented himself as last season.

REVIEW:

Bonino improved nicely in most statistical categories this season, doubling his goal output and coming close to 40 points. He took over 100 shots for just the third time in his career, and he passed 400 career games played.

However, as a third line centre he also ended up as a minus for just the second time in his career. Being on a linemate carousel didn’t help, but there was just something about his energy and compete level that seemed off.

This trend continued into the playoffs. However, Bonino found other ways to contribute such as timely backchecking and shot blocking. It wasn’t the total effort we saw last year, but like most of his mates, he took advantage of the moments given to him.

PREVIEW:

Bonino signed a lucrative 4-year deal with the Nashville Predators to be their second line center. He will not be with the Penguins next season.

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