After an unexpected breakout postseason showing this past spring, many had high expectations for Torey Krug heading into this year. It’s still only November, but the rookie blue liner is quickly and steadily surpassing any expectations that may have been bestowed upon him. He’s been a reliable puck mover and an offensive catalyst that has been essential to the success of the Bruins.
Krug notched his seventh goal of the season Monday night, as he blasted a howitzer past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, propelling Boston to a 3-2 overtime victory. Brad Marchand slid a beautiful pass through a pair of defenders and found Krug. He drove the puck top corner past Fleury, who had no chance of stopping the big slapper.
With a quarter of the season already gone, Krug’s seven goals have him sitting among elite company. Erik Karlsson of Ottawa, Shea Weber of Nashville and Mike Stone of Phoenix are three of the best offensive defenseman the NHL has to offer. They all, like Krug, have netted seven goals apiece and that’s good for the league lead among d-men.
Boston sits atop the Eastern Conference with a 16-6-2 record and Krug, a former Michigan State Spartan, has played a key role in his club’s ascension through the standings. His speedy skating ability and precise decision-making, coupled with a deadeye shot and crisp passing skills, instills the Bruins with instantaneous offense whenever on the ice.
His dynamic ability brings forward like scoring instincts to a position that has historically lacked such a makeup along the Boston back end. Krug is not only an offensive sparkplug, but is reliable in his own end as well. He’s a perfect fit, bringing tremendous balance to one of the most talented defensive corps in the game.
The Bruins will keep on flourishing with the likes of Krug manning the point. Krug may be just 26 games into his rookie season, but he’ll only continue to grow, mature and improve playing within a system full of high-character veteran leaders.