Every hockey season there always seems to be a younger player who rises above what’s expected of him, and performs at a level that people couldn’t see coming. This past season for the Bruins, that player would be Torey Krug, who was thrown into the fire of the post-season, and took the league by storm. Did he find himself making rookie mistakes throughout his run? There is no question that there was some issues at times during the game, but even with those mistakes the Bruins wouldn’t have made it as far as they did without the stellar play of Mr. Krug.
The biggest question going into this season will be whether or not Krug’s play can pick up where it left off this past post-season, or will we see a “sophomore” slump from him. It wouldn’t be fair to call Krug a legit “sophomore” though, as he didn’t really play any regular season games, but all that should change going into this regular season. Krug spent much of his time this past season playing for the Providence Bruins in the AHL. Most of the season Krug was hampered by an ankle injury, but he didn’t let this stop him from being a great offensive defensemen. He tailed a total of 45 points (13 goals, 45 assists) during 63 games, which is quite impressive to say the least. During the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Bruins were hampered by injuries, and called Krug up to play in the post-season. Bruin fans were worried about the future post-season success of the team, as they were putting three rookie defensemen on the ice during the most pivotal point of the season. Krug skated onto the ice like he was ten year veteran, and scored his first NHL goal during his first ever NHL playoff game. In doing this, he became the first Bruins defenseman to score in their playoff debut since Glen Wesley did so in 1988. Krug followed his first game magic by scoring goals in three of the next four games, and became the only NHL player to score four goals in their first five playoff games.
Krug isn’t just a goal scorer, as his defensive skills are very stellar as well. He was praised numerous times during the playoffs for how well he skates, and how quickly he can close in on defenders. His puck handling skills are fantastic, as he can control it with ease, and seems to know what to do with the puck when it’s in his possession. Krug fits right in with the B’s because even with his small stature, he is a very physical player who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. With the upcoming season, many feel that Krug will be playing at the NHL level, and rightfully so because of how well he played for the B’s in the postseason. Fans shouldn’t expect him to score a point every single night, what they should expect is a stellar defenseman who will open up opportunities for others to score because of how well he plays on the defensive side of the ice.
Point total: 33
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