Krug ready to compete for NHL job

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Krug ready to compete for NHL job

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.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 

 

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.