Defensive Pairing Three: Vince Dunn–Robert Bortuzzo
Vince Dunn might be a little bit too low in the starting lineup, but he will matchup with Robert Bortuzzo really well. Dunn is a quick player with strong defensive skills while Bortuzzo is a bruiser through and through.
Neither guy posted a ton of offense this season, but the advanced metrics showed that they contributed a ton to the team defensively. Their plus-minus stats speak for themselves as well.
Dunn leads the team with a plus-15 this season. Interestingly, Bortuzzo sits in third with a plus-12, besting guys like O’Reilly, Pietrangelo, and Parayko.
An argument could be made to put Dunn on the second line with Parayko. I really think that Berube will pair some young speed with brute force on the third pairing. Plus, the Scandella/Parayko pairing was just too good, even if we only saw it for a few games.