Krug Left Off U.S. Olympic Team


Dec 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) during a face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats Boston 4 to 2. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Torey Krug has been left off the United States roster for the upcoming Olympics in Sochi.

The 25-man roster was announced following the conclusion of the Winter Classic game on Jan. 1.

Krug has made a lasting impression in his rookie season with the Bruins. In 40 games played, he has scored eight goals and tallied 12 assists for 20 points. His eight goals on the year ranks fourth in the NHL, putting him right behind teammate Zdeno Chara who has nine goals.

Dan Byslma, head coach of the U.S. team, had a chance to see Krug play three times this season when the Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the Bruins. Krug had one goal and was a plus-2 in three meetings against Pittsburgh.

Krug, 22, was ultimately left off the roster for his youth but at his young age will have many more chances at the U.S. team in the future.

Among the defensemen selected for Sochi were Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild), Paul Martin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers), Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis Blues), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins) and John Carlson (Washington Capitals).