2013-14 stats: Eight games; three goals, two assists, plus-three; 17:53 of ice time per game.
Analysis: Like Marc Arcobello of the Edmonton Oilers, Torey Krug was not even drafted by an NHL team.
Nevertheless, he is getting a chance to play an important role for the Boston Bruins as a rookie.
That's no surprise to anyone who saw Krug play for the Bruins in last year's playoffs. When they suffered injuries on the blue line, general manager Peter Chiarelli brought Krug up from Providence of the American Hockey League as the Bruins prepared to play the New York Rangers in the conference semifinal round. All Krug did was score four goals in five games against Henrik Lundqvist as the Bruins cruised to victory.
Krug, 22, remained in the lineup through the Stanley Cup Final defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks. He earned a spot on the Bruins in training camp and has played a vital role early in the season.
Krug plays the game with aggressiveness and intelligence. He can create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates with his speed, puck-handling ability and crisp playmaking.
Krug has also given the team's much-maligned power play a boost with his crisp play.
David Krejci, perhaps the Bruins' best playmaker, has taken notice of Krug's ability.
“He looks like he’s been in the league a long time,” Krejci told Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe. “It’s his first season, you know, so he looks pretty good. Every decision is the right decision. He shoots the puck when he has to. He passes the puck when he has to. So it’s just fun to play with him.”