Sometimes fairy tale playoff runs don’t translate to regular season success. Don’t tell that to Torey Krug or the Boston Bruins though. They won’t believe a word of it, nor should they. At least not in the case of the dynamite young offensive-defenseman.
We see the opposite happen on a yearly basis. A guy like Joel Ward or Chris Kreider goes out and has an outstanding few weeks in the postseason, but just can’t seem to find that same magical spark once the regular season rolls around the next year. Ward has never found a way to be an impact forward with the Washington Capitals. Kreider has struggled to stick with the New York Rangers.
Krug, on the other hand, just keeps scoring goals and skating his tail off.
The Bruins haven’t had the best power play over the last few seasons, which is odd since Zdeno Chara can shoot the puck 106 MPH on command. Regardless, he’s in front of the net now and Krug is running the top power-play unit in Boston. He scored two goals against the hapless Buffalo Sabres and has been an outstanding addition to an already vaunted blue line for the B’s.
He’s averaging close to 18 minutes a game, and has five points in eight games. That’s a 50-point pace across an 82-game season, but it’s unlikely Krug is thinking about that at this point. With the Bruins rolling and Krug clearly becoming a core part of the roster, the 22 year-old is probably just wondering how all this happened.
From undrafted to playoff hero to regular season dynamo, just like that.