WILMINGTON, Mass. As the only player in Bruins development camp with a pair of NHL games under his belt, Torey Krug might have a few stories to tell the rest of the Bruins prospects.
The 21-year-old Krug traveled with the Bruins through the end of the regular season and the playoffs, and didnt look out of place in either of the two games played with Boston while picking up his first career NHL point on an assist.
Getting to play two NHL games right off the hip-hop is something you cant take away from him, said Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney. That experience thing you have to go through at the NHL level to make sure you can play there.
But Krug starts from scratch this summer at his first Bs development camp as he bonds with a large group of players from his age group, and will be among those battling with Dougie Hamilton for that final defensemen spot when regular training camp opens.
There may be a veteran or two brought into the mix as well after July 1 just in case both youngsters arent ready for the NHL, and then perhaps serves as the sixseven defenseman on the roster.
But that remains to be seen.
The expectation seems to be that the 5-foot-9, 171-pound Krug might be starting the season with the Providence Bruins while truly getting his feet wet in pro hockey. But the Bruins have always proven that theyll find room for a young player that earns his way onto the NHL roster.
We obviously watched Torey for a long time and felt he would be able to handle that call to the NHL and now the bar sort of resets for him, said Sweeney. Hes made his impression and he did very well, and now hes got to go out and push someone out of the way at the NHL level and earn that spot. Hes got skills moving the puck and transitioning the puck that are going to help us.
I think hes excited to try to do that. Hes got some things were going to try to build into his game. Hes not a ready-made guy, but hes got a lot of attributes that certainly separate him from some of the younger kids.
Like many of the undersized Bruins defensemen within the organization, Krug is going to have to prove he can thrive against bigger and stronger opponents while producing enough to earn power play time and offensive ice time.
The Bruins have made an investment in Krug that he could be doing that sooner rather than later.