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Colt.45Orr 04-15-2013 12:13 AM

Torey Krug
 
For those of you that were here circa 2004/5/6 you will remember the upcoming crop of rookies we had at that time that we dubbed the 'Special Ks' because, well, their names started with K and they had the potential to be special and turn our team around. There was debate over potential but at one point they all looked like they were going to be great for us:


Karsums
Kessel
Kalus
Krejci

I still don't know how Kalus flamed out so bad and Karsums should have been able to make it as an energy guy at least in the league but that wasn't meant to be. His game reminded me of a current 'K' we have in Knight --the difference being that Knight has better foot speed and that is likely what kept Karsums out of the NHL as a regular. If you think the Soderberg hype is high, go back to right after Kalus scored in his first 4 NHL games or something (plus he was a beast in training camp).
I remember thinking that with 4 prospects like those you have to average that maybe 1 becomes a star, 1 becomes a good player, 1 becomes a role player and 1 becomes a washout. As it turned out, there were 2 stars and 2 washouts.

Anyway, this thread is actually about another potential 'Special K' we have in Providence in Krug. He sure is tiny, but is there enough 'Special K' there to make him a star? I think there is decent chance.

2 summers ago I picked up Henrique for cheap in my keeper league and guys were asking me (a few months later) how I knew he was going to be so good as a rookie last year --I guess I got a little lucky but also knew that his AHL season stats were not reflective of his play at the end of the season --which is exactly where Krug is at (even though 44 in 62 is pretty impressive as it):

October:
2pts in 6 games

November:
2pts in 10 games

December:
2pts in 4 games

January:
8pts in 13 games

February:
12pts in 11 games

March:
8pts in 12 games

April:
10pts in 6 games

Now, obviously stats are not everything with a player, but a small PMD needs to put up big numbers and he is certainly doing that the past few months.

I like my Dmen big, mobile and hard-hitting but I have a soft spot for and always think there is room for one small guy on the back 6 if he is an elite skater and brings PP weapons with him. Krug has both. I suppose this has always been my problem with Ference --we can only afford to have one small guy back there and he brings none of those things while blocking bringing in a kid who can. Krug seems like he would be able to skate the puck out of trouble when the forecheck comes and we could certainly use more guys that don't treat the puck like a grenade back there... but he's too small inexperienced to bring in back there now too.

I don't get to watch much Providence and have only seen him in the NHL so I'm asking others who have seen him more:

What is your take on him? Will he be a career AHLer, a M.A. Bergeron type in the NHL or something more... a 'Special K'?

CDJ 04-15-2013 12:16 AM

I personally love the kid and think he will be Qb'ing our PP's for years to come

Colt.45Orr 04-15-2013 12:16 AM

No disrespect meant for Knight or Koko, just interested in Krug right now as he's caught my eye.

Colt.45Orr 04-15-2013 12:18 AM

I've liked what I've seen from him but have not seen him enough in defensive situations against bigger/stronger guys. Seems like he would partner well with a bigger guy like Lone Wolf.

unifiedtheory 04-15-2013 12:27 AM

I thought Krug looked great in his brief appearance this year. I'd say he has a roster spot locked up next year but, will Claude want a defense with Bartkowski, Krug and Hamilton? That is a lot of youth.

Colt.45Orr 04-15-2013 01:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by unifiedtheory (Post 63965469)
I thought Krug looked great in his brief appearance this year. I'd say he has a roster spot locked up next year but, will Claude want a defense with Bartkowski, Krug and Hamilton? That is a lot of youth.

It is.

Hard to imagine them making more mistakes (with the puck) than the crew we have right now but they would certainly blow coverage too many times with that crew IMO.

MillerTime 86 04-15-2013 01:41 AM

Krug has two things working against him: Size, and defensive shortcomings in his own end.

Aside from that, the kid's a player.

If he shores up his defensive game, I don't think the size issue will be as much of a factor and he'll probably get a good look with the big club.

Random Bruins Fan 04-15-2013 01:55 AM

From what I gather he could end up being a 3rd pairing power play specialist and if he is good on the power play that would be an important contribution to the big league team. He may be a better bet than Koko or Knight at this point.

chizzler 04-15-2013 05:58 AM

Hawgood incarnation.

TCDaniels 04-15-2013 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tyler SeQuin (Post 63967637)
Krug has two things working against him: Size, and defensive shortcomings in his own end.

Aside from that, the kid's a player.

If he shores up his defensive game, I don't think the size issue will be as much of a factor and he'll probably get a good look with the big club.

I wonder if there's anyone in the organization who may be able to offer suggestions on how to have a successful NHL career as an undersized defenseman?

;)

(and before the haters come out, don't bother... 1100+ games is a successful NHL career no matter how you slice it. Did you know only about 280 guys have more than 1000 NHL games played since its inception?)

:nod:

TCL40 04-15-2013 06:36 AM

I think the cap situation will affect who makes the big Bs.

Krug seems to have some offensive upside but I suspect Bart gets the nod over Krug. What they do with Ference IMO is key. Krug might find himself in Providence next season but in position to be the first call up. Claude likes his vets and to be honest a defense where half the players are rookies or sophomores makes me nervous.

Also, one of Bart or Krug could be moved in trade this summer.

Latrappe 04-15-2013 07:19 AM

Kirk says, on twitter, that Krug will be ready to contribute next year. That's a very positive news. Not sure why the Bruins would trade Bartowski or Krug in a trade; especially if the Bruins want to change the makeup of the blueline. Time will tell, i guess

GloryDaze4877 04-15-2013 08:29 AM

Got to see Krug Saturday against a pretty good SPR team, and I thought he looked very good. His skating and shot as advertised, but he was also better than I expected in his own end. He will obviously never be able to change his size, but he used the body effectively and I thought his defensive positioning was very sound.

If you put him with a big, stay at home guy like McQuaid, I think he would be fine.

WBC8 04-15-2013 08:39 AM

I think Krug looked acceptable in his own end, and offensively he is gifted...I just seem to notice him get knocked off the put extremely easily... Needs some more weight training and he will be good to go IMO..

Dom - OHL 04-15-2013 08:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WhamBamCam8 (Post 63971679)
I think Krug looked acceptable in his own end, and offensively he is gifted...I just seem to notice him get knocked off the put extremely easily... Needs some more weight training and he will be good to go IMO..

Does he fight ? :D

mattbnh 04-15-2013 08:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WhamBamCam8 (Post 63971679)
I think Krug looked acceptable in his own end, and offensively he is gifted...I just seem to notice him get knocked off the put extremely easily... Needs some more weight training and he will be good to go IMO..

Put him in the lineup as a forward and have him QB the power play as a 4th forward who knows how to defend. That would seem tailor made for a Clode team.

And he could not possibly contribute less than some current forwards.

KnightofBoston 04-15-2013 08:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GloryDaze4877 (Post 63971547)
Got to see Krug Saturday against a pretty good SPR team, and I thought he looked very good. His skating and shot as advertised, but he was also better than I expected in his own end. He will obviously never be able to change his size, but he used the body effectively and I thought his defensive positioning was very sound.

If you put him with a big, stay at home guy like McQuaid, I think he would be fine.

Where did you end up sitting btw?

Krug is a gamer, I don't have any negative feelings for his ability to contribute up here

WBC8 04-15-2013 08:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OrrOverGretzky (Post 63971721)
Does he fight ? :D

HAHAHAH I don't know....:laugh::laugh::laugh:

don 04-15-2013 09:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mattbnh (Post 63971765)
Put him in the lineup as a forward and have him QB the power play as a 4th forward who knows how to defend. That would seem tailor made for a Clode team.

And he could not possibly contribute less than some current forwards.

Yep, 3rd line LW normally and PP QB. Prov. should try it and see how it works.

C77 04-15-2013 09:24 AM

I'd consider calling him up over the next few games if the Bruins defense doesn't improve. His puck retrieval and distribution, skating, and offensive ability is better than most of Boston's defensemen.

He's my favorite Bruins prospect.

Shoebottom 04-15-2013 09:29 AM

I'm sure Don Sweeney thinks that size (lack of it) doesn't have to prevent you from having a long nhl career. And Sweeney wasn't offensively gifted like Krug.

bruinmann77 04-15-2013 09:36 AM

I agree see Krug as the perfect replacement for Krug.

Over the volcano 04-15-2013 09:40 AM

I was real impressed with his willingness to play a physical game. He might get out muscled by bigger guys but he will still throw his weight around. Loved a game last year when he lined up hartnell and became a target for the rest of the night. Looked like he liked it.

spokedBisgoodforme 04-15-2013 09:46 AM

you gotta love that this kid came from nowhere, too, and he quickly turned into one of the top providence players. Good scouting, there.

Shoebottom 04-15-2013 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by JMiller (Post 63972863)
I was real impressed with his willingness to play a physical game. He might get out muscled by bigger guys but he will still throw his weight around. Loved a game last year when he lined up hartnell and became a target for the rest of the night. Looked like he liked it.

Thats a good character trait. Doesn't matter if he loses some battles as long as he doesn't shy away from it. If he really does have that type of character, I'm sure he'll do well in the NHL.


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