Boston Bruins: Torey Krug Records 100th Career Point


Boston Bruins: Torey Krug Records 100th Career Point In The NHL

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Just one day after being declared “day-to-day”, Torey Krug recorded his 100th career NHL point. The Boston Bruins young defenseman was questionable for Tuesday night’s tilt against the Ottawa Senators at home with an undisclosed injury after missing the first game of the home-and-home series between the two hockey clubs. The Bruins ended up losing Sunday’s game by a score of 3-1 after being unable to convert on most scoring chances or any power play opportunities.

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  • It’s been clear ever since his first real opportunity with the Boston Bruins in the 2013 playoffs that Torey Krug has impressive offensive abilities; what wasn’t clear, however, was how consistent he would be and for how long. Fast-forward to the 2015-16 regular season and Torey Krug has officially recorded his 100th career NHL point after contributing two assists for the Bruins against the Senators. In his first three seasons with the Bruins, Krug has posted 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 79 games in the 2013-14 season, 12 goals and 27 assists for 39 points in 78 games in the 2014-15 season, and he’s now up to 3 goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 35 games so far this season.

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    Due to the lack of experienced defenseman on the Boston Bruins, Torey Krug has been thrown into a bigger role this season and he has shown that his defensive abilities are improving with each and every game. The 5-foot-9 defenseman has shown that despite his small stature, he’s capable of making big plays against some of the better players in the league. While he shouldn’t be confused with a shutdown defenseman by any means, he’s simply shown that he’s more capable of a two-way defenseman role than most people have ever given him credit for. Torey Krug very clearly entered the league as an offensive-defenseman, but as is the case for most players who find success in Claude Julien’s system, defensive responsibility has to be priority number one. What’s important for the Boston Bruins is that Torey Krug didn’t lose his offensive step when he started prioritizing defense, and the Bruins have benefited from his offensive contributions in many ways already this season.

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    Torey Krug is the quarterback of the Boston Bruins power play — a power play that has ranked first in the league for most of the year. The Bruins are also one of the most offensively-sound teams in the league, scoring over three goals per game on average, which bodes well for a team that has Tuukka Rask backstopping them to wins on most nights. Torey Krug is currently signed to a one year contract worth $3,400,000, and it will be interesting to see how the team handles contract negotiations with players signed to one year deals being eligible for extensions starting on January 1st.

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