At the time, I was excited for the change because the 74-95 set was the only one I ever knew up to that point. Bought my first ever pro-stitched replica (Bourque) when they came out and I now own 4 in this style.
The spoked b, updates and all, are what tied this set to Bruins history, along with the color scheme. But with the benefit of hindsight, they weren't all that great. The names/numbers had one too many layers of color and the sleeve striping just doesn't hold up well aesthetically. Plus, they used two separate styles of 7s (pre and post Bourque trade).