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Krug will ‘do what I do’ for a Bruins roster spot

Sep 6, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

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Torey Krug has been an underdog most of his professional hockey career, and that hasn’t changed despite a breakout post-season this past spring.

The undersized defenseman who emerged from almost out of nowhere to score four goals and six points in the Boston Bruins run to the Stanley Cup Final is still fighting for a job in the starting lineup with the NHL club as a new season comes upon us.

“My goal is to be on the team opening night and throughout the season,” Krug told ESPN Boston, “but management is the one making that decision, so I’m just going to keep my head down, remain confident and do what I do.”

The 22-year-old Krug, listed at 5’9” and 180 pounds, was never drafted and had only three games worth of NHL experience to his credit prior to the 2013 playoffs. He spent most of last season with the Providence Bruins in the AHL, and began the playoffs there as well.

But he turned heads in the Eastern Conference semifinal against the New York Rangers, going on a tear that included scoring four goals in five games to help the Bruins advance.

His performance earned him the nod for top rookie at the halfway point of the playoffs, as decided by writers, as per John Kreiser of

“It’s unbelievable, the poise he has with the puck. It’s nice to see a guy like Torey play so well,” Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg back in May.

“I don’t know if it’s out of nowhere. There’s got to be a reason [the Bruins] wanted him so badly. I think they knew what they had.”

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Wicked excited for this guy!!

  2. soj83 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Obviously it all comes down to performance in training camp, but 5 of the 7 spots seem already taken (Chara, Seidenberg, McQuaid, Boychuk, and Hamilton). Bartowski should make the lineup too, he has a $600,000 cap hit which makes him easy to carry even it is as a #7. So the potential 6 or 7 spot comes down to Krug and Morrow essentially. I don’t think the B’s want either of these guys to be the #7 in the NHL when they could play #1 minutes in the AHL. It’s a good problem for them to have though, 8 (maybe more) capable dmen going for 7 spots.

  3. LampyB - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I’m really hoping he nabs a spot, I love watching this guy play. Give him a few games and he’ll rise to the top again, he’s damn good with the puck and plays smart hockey.

  4. cityofthechamps - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Really don’t think he is “that” good. He got a little lucky in rounds 2 and 3, did very well against he rangers. But he was terrible against the Hawks. Does anyone remember the last minutes of game 6? He turned the puck over twice when the B’s needed a chance to tie the game. He is still too young, give him another year or two. Then he might be ready.

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