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2013-14 Stats: 15 games; six goals, three assists; plus-three
Characteristics: Torey Krug has none of the things on his resume that would make any scout think he will be an NHL superstar.
He may be small at 5'9", 180 pounds, and he may have been an undrafted player out of Michigan State, but there's one thing Krug does have going for him. He can play, and the more he is on the ice, the greater the impact he has for the Boston Bruins.
Krug, 22, is an excellent skater who can carry the puck with ease. He has excellent coordination that allows him to handle a puck at his feet by kicking it to his stick blade and then making the proper play without any hesitation.
Krug can run the Bruins power play, because he can lug the puck, pass it accurately and get his whip saw of a shot away in an instant.
Krug is the Bruins' second leading goal scorer, and if he keeps up his current pace, he will approach 30 goals this season.
Many would laugh at that possibility, but Krug doesn't have to listen to anyone but head coach Claude Julien, the Bruins' assistant coaches and his teammates.
Forget about reputations and not getting drafted, Krug can play and take over a game when he needs to.
Superstar arrival: 2014-15