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Torey Krug showed the entire world his upside in the postseason. A veteran of just three regular-season NHL games, he lit up the New York Rangers in his first playoff series.
The former Michigan State captain beat Henrik Lundqvist four times in five games, helping the Bruins cruise to a 4-1 series victory and becoming an instant folk hero in the process.
Now it is time to see if the tiny defenseman can handle the grind of an 82-game slate.
The energetic 22-year-old promises to add a ton of zip to the Bruins' blue line, and he should see plenty of power play work. In camp, Krug has worked with Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla on what could be a formidable PP unit.
With fellow youngsters Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski fighting for ice time in Boston's veteran-packed defensive corps, Krug will have a hard time cracking the top four.
With Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk guaranteed major minutes, Krug will have to wow coaches in camp to match his postseason ice time.
He'll likely slot into Boston's third pair along with Adam McQuaid. McQuaid's size should complement Krug well. A spot in the bottom two usually comes with roughly 15 minutes of action per game. Krug might see closer to 17 minutes if he becomes a power-play mainstay.
Krug will focus primarily on developing his already solid defensive game this season, so don't expect huge numbers. His point total will depend on Boston's success with the man-advantage. His presence should improve the Bruins' special teams significantly, so he will be something of an offensive force.