Boston Bruins Semifinal MVP: Torey Krug

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The youthful, undersized, undrafted Torey Krug spent almost all of his regular season down in Rhode Island with the Providence Bruins. Honing his craft in the pipeline that I once joked was like Hogwarts School–people seem to not know of his existence, but they do know about the people who come from there–he scored 13 goals and added 32 assists in 63 regular-season games. Then, in a case of “started from the bottom, now we here” unlike any other, since the P-Bruins won their division and made the playoffs for the first time since 2009, he had three helpers in seven games before the Boston Bruins needed some help on a blueline depleted by injury.

Calling up Krug did two things: one, it may have been part of the reason why the P-Bruins collapsed and lost their semifinal series to none other than the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in seven games. (Only part. There are many reasons why that happened, of course.) Two, it reintroduced him to a wider national audience and gave him a chance to show everyone what he has going for him. In the just-concluded Stanley Cup playoffs series with the New York Rangers, Krug’s first-ever NHL playoff games and only the second time he’d seen play time with the big club this year, he scored five points–four goals and an assist in just five games–to show his importance and value for the team that took a chance on him last year.

Krug first broke out in his debut game, game one, the 3-2 overtime win. He got no less than a power play goal, a type of scoring that has often bedeviled the Bruins, with help from Dougie Hamilton and overtime goal-scorer Brad Marchand. Three days later, he scored the opening goal of the 5-2 win and then had a multi-point game when he helped out on Gregory Campbell‘s goal. After being held scoreless in game three, he scored yet another power play goal in the sole Bruins loss of the series, then did that exact same thing yet again in the series-clinching 3-1 victory.

So, yes, exactly 60 percent of those points Krug had in his playoff coming-out party were scored on the man advantage. That alone is reason enough for Peter Chiarelli and the gang to start writing him into Boston’s defensive structure for some time to come. But he’s fitting in well with the big club, already earning a slew of nicknames–Shawn Thornton‘s moniker of ‘Freddy’ may take a second to get, while other guys go directly for the obvious by calling him ‘Kruger’–and his own Sully’s shirt.

Based on his humility, grit and hard work, Krug should be under consideration for staying up with the big Bs going into the Eastern Conference Finals. Yes, Dennis Seidenberg has returned and so Hamilton has taken a seat, but even if/when Andrew Ference and/or Wade Redden feel well enough to come back, Krug still needs to be considered in the mix, especially if Ference returns first. It’s all about that ability to score on the power play!

Here’s to the beginning of–hopefully–a long and fruitful career for number 47.

Also, if you’d like to relive his offensive production in this series, check out this video:

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