2020 NHL front office confidence rankings: Fans weigh in on every team 17. Boston Bruins “It’s really hard to rate the Bruins. They’re wasting cap space on guys like John Moore and Kevan Miller and miss on their draft picks way more than they hit. On the flip side, they’ve been one of the most successful teams over the last decade. I think once its “veteran core” is finally gone we’ll see how effective the front office really is. Will Pasta and McAvoy be enough to carry the team?” “I’m seriously starting to think Mat Barzal, Thomas Chabot, Kyle Connor and Brock Boeser are better than Jakub Zboril and Zach Senyshyn.” “Fellow Bruins fans are notoriously pessimistic (to put it mildly) but I think Sweeney and crew have done an excellent job fixing the cap issues and are very well positioned (especially in 2021) to keep contending while the core ages out, especially with COVID impacts expected to last beyond this year. Draft results have been pretty poor, but landing Pastrnak and McAvoy were huge wins.” There is an entire world of difference between how opposing fans feel about the Bruins’ front office and how their own fans do. The 0.6-point negative difference is the largest non-Arizona difference between the public and the team’s fans. The public sees a group that built a powerhouse that can contend annually thanks to excellent cap management and a strong vision with a terrific roster. The fan base sees a powerhouse team despite management, one that has struggled to develop its own talent in recent years and lost a key piece in Torey Krug in free agency. That’s led to a large drop in confidence year-over-year from the fans, and while some of it is warranted, it seems like fans in Title Town are acting a bit entitled here. The drafting concern is a real one for the Bruins who love to reach on picks, but the rest feels a bit overly harsh. Boston still has a very strong roster and an excellent cap picture, both worthy of higher grades. And though the team let Krug walk and have legitimate holes on the back end, the team has one of the strongest forward groups in the league after signing Craig Smith. That was arguably one of the best signings in free agency. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side and there is a reason the public rated the Bruins’ front office as one of the league’s five best – even if the concerns from the fan base are genuine.