Torey Krug needs to be on the United States Olympic Team. He is one of the best young defenseman playing in the NHL and showed his ability to play in big games last year. The Boston Bruins gave him plenty of experience in the playoffs last season, and from the moment he stepped on the ice during the playoffs he has shown that he can play two-way hockey and be lethal on the power play. The United States could use a young offensive-minded defenseman if they want to win gold.
Krug currently has eight goals, 11 assists, and is currently a plus-five. The Olympic ice is bigger and allows for players to play freely. Krug’s ability to skate with the puck and to move it quickly would be an incredible asset to the US Olympic team. Krug also has the ability to be effective on the power play and the penalty kill. He has proved in Boston that he can be a game changer on special teams. The Bruins’ power play has been anemic the past few years. Since Krug has started getting regular minutes he has provided a spark and a plethora of power play goals for them. That can only help the United States, especially in close games.
If Krug doesn’t get an opportunity for the Olympic team it won’t be the end of the world, and it may cause him to play with a chip on his shoulder throughout the regular season. It wouldn’t be a bad thing for the Bruins if he has a few moments that made the United States coaching staff wish they brought him to Sochi. If Krug isn’t there this year I fully expect him to be apart of the National Team in 2018.