Torey Krug of the Providence Bruins, who had his debut with the Boston Bruins late last season, has been named the AHL’s Top Rookie of the Month for February 2013.
He’s still eligible as a rookie because this is his first full season of play. He signed with the Bruins in late March 2012 after three years of college hockey at Michigan State University, including two seasons where he was elected team captain.
Keeping up the same pattern of being an offensive defenseman that he had in college, where he shared the CCHA scoring title despite not being a forward, he notched four goals and eight assists in 11 games this past month. His contributions have really helped keep the P-Bruins in the hunt for the Atlantic Division win, even though the Portland Pirates are putting up a good fight too. The two teams are currently tied with 66 points apiece, but the Pirates have the better record right now and are in first.
Among Krug’s February highlights: two of his goals were decisive, he assisted on another game-winning goal, had a two-assist night and scored the game-winning shootout goal in the eighth round of the tiebreaker, then tied together a 10-game scoring streak. Now he has 26 points in 44 games this season.
He also rejoined Twitter, though he did that at the very end of January instead of in February proper. But his February tweeting includes the insights that he’s continuing to take classes online through Michigan State and showed off an old photo from a Michigan state tournament he was in back in the day:
— MiHockey (@MiHockeyNow) February 28, 2013
Krug continues to be a hard-working, humble guy who’s doing great things in Rhode Island, but in the future, I can see him becoming a more permanent part of the Boston lineup. Though he only played in two Bruins games last season, he put up an assist in one of them and was often mentored by Zdeno Chara–a funny sight considering the height difference between the two defensemen, since Krug is listed at 5’9″ and Chara at 6’9″–so with more good work done with the P-Bruins, he could find himself getting more looks from the big-time club in the future.
The AHL’s other monthly awards for February were given to Brett Connolly of the Syracuse Crunch (player of the month) and Magnus Hellberg of the Milwaukee Admirals (goaltender of the month).