Size: 5'9" and 180 pounds
2013-14 stats: 15 games; six goals, three assists, plus-four
What makes him special: Claude Julien wanted a defenseman who could carry the puck with speed and finesse so the Bruins could jump start their power play.
Krug is that player. He served notice that he had that talent in last year's conference semifinal playoff matchup with the New York Rangers when he scored four goals in five games against New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Krug has started the season by scoring six goals for the Bruins and adding three assists. Three of his goals and two of his assists have come with the man advantage.
Krug told Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe before the start of the season that he thought his power-play skills were the biggest reason he could play with the Bruins this season.
That’s where I thrive,” Krug said. “That’s why I’m here. If I wasn’t playing on the power play, I don’t think they’d have much room for me up here with the big club. I’ve got to make sure I’m doing my best to help the power play succeed."
Krug also takes a regular shift for the Bruins. He is averaging 17:53 of ice time per game. His lack of size could prove to be an issue when playing against bigger forwards, but Krug has good strength on his frame and will take and deliver hits when he has to.