Signed with Boston through the 2019-20 campaign, Torey Krug is set to reprise his prominent role on the team's back line this year. In 81 regular-season tilts last season, the 5-foot-9, 186-pounder recorded eight goals and a fantasy-friendly (and career-high) 51 points to go along with 37 PIM and a minus-10 rating (a career low). The fleet-footed Krug is now an established offensive sparkplug for the Bruins, though given his stature, he does have some defensive limitations. They're somewhat offset by Krug's quickness, smarts and solid positioning, however. Krug's free-wheeling game in the attacking zone seems to be a good fit for coach Bruce Cassidy's system, and continued fantasy relevance is in store for the 26-year-old Michigan State product, who remains entrenched as a key member of the Boston power play.
Krug, who took a puck to the jaw in Tuesday's preseason game against the Red Wings, will be out for at least three weeks as he is dealing with a non-displaced fracture. Based on his timeline for reevaluation, the mobile puck mover from the back line is on pace to miss the first three regular-season contests at a minimum. Despite his small stature at 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds, Krug is pretty durable, as he's only missed nine regular-season contests since becoming a full-timer with the Spoked-B in 2013-14; this latest malady was a freak accident that could happen to anyone. Newcomer Paul Postma could get a serious look now that Krug's expected to start the season late.
Krug took a puck to the face Tuesday against the Red Wings and left the game under his own power, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports. Krug will not return to this preseason contest, but that doesn't necessarily illustrate the severity of the injury, as the Bruins may just be exercising caution in an exhibition game. Keep an eye on the power-play guru as more information is revealed on his injury.
Krug (knee) was on the ice for practice Thursday. This session comes early for Krug and several more Bruins regulars, and it eases concerns about the MCL strain that prevented the diminutive, playmaking defenseman from suiting up in last season's playoffs. He's put up 44 and 51 points, respectively, the last two seasons, so tab Krug in a near-elite class at a position where consistent offense is generally hard to come by.
Krug, who missed all six of the Bruins' playoff games, revealed that he was dealing with an MCL strain in his right knee, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports. Krug's postseason absence was noticeable, with his puck-moving ability and power-play prowess greatly missed by the Bruins. Given that he noted upon the completion of the team's first-round playoff loss to the Senators (in six games) that he may have been able to suit up if the series had gone to a Game 7, it's safe to assume that Krug should be fully fit by the next time the B's take the ice. Signed with Boston through the 2019-20 campaign, Krug is set to reprise his key role on the Boston back line in 2017-18. In 81 regular-season tilts, the 26-year-old logged eight goals and a fantasy-friendly 51 points to go along with 37 PIM and a minus-10 rating.
Krug told reporters Tuesday that it was a knee injury that caused him to miss the final game of the regular season as well as the Bruins' entire postseason run. The severity of Krug's knee ailment has not been revealed, but considering that he was skating prior to Boston's elimination from the playoffs, it appears that he avoided a serious injury. Krug posted career highs in assists (43) and points (51) in his fourth full season with the Bruins, but he also notched a career-worst minus-10 rating. Assuming he works on his defensive game in the offseason, he could soon emerge as one of the NHL's elite blueliners.
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