Torey Krug

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Torey Krug is one of the best young defensemen in the NHL, but he has yet to report to Boston Bruins training camp.

The former Michigan State blueliner, who became a breakout star during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, currently is unsigned as a restricted free agent, but he’s not eligible for arbitration and isn’t able to speak to rival teams.

“Younger players, older players, if they miss time, they’re going to fall behind,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said last Thursday. “It’s unfortunate (Krug and fellow RFA Reilly Smith are) not here, they’re both good players, they both contributed to our success last year. I hope something gets done at some point.”

Player Vitals
Age: 23
Position: Defenseman
2013-14 Stats: 14 goals, 26 assists in 79 games
Contract: currently a restricted free agent

What He Will Bring The Team
Krug’s ability to quarterback a power play was one of the primary reasons why Boston’s unit showed dramatic improvement (26th in 2013 to third in 2013-14) last season with a 21.7 percent success rate. Whether he’s playing on the power play or at even strength, Krug’s powerful shot from the point, great playmaking skills, high hockey IQ and offensive awareness make him one of the best offensive players on the Bruins roster.

His 40 points led rookie defensemen in 2013-14 and tied captain Zdeno Chara for the team lead among D-men. Krug’s 14 goals were the fifth-highest among all blueliners and his 19 power-play points led the Bruins.

His ability to perform at a high level in the postseason (team-leading 12 points in 10 contests last season) also is extremely valuable.

Overall, Krug gives the Bruins …read more