Although in the shadows of teammates Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask receiving the Frank J. Selke, Vezina and NHL Foundation Player awards, Torey Krug‘s selection to the NHL All- Rookie Team was no easy feet.
Although his award went largely unnoticed, Bruins fans need to recognize this great accomplishment.
Krug’s name sat alongside the best young talent in the NHL, including Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Hampus Lindholm and Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks.
At the age of 23, Krug was already shown the NHL he can play. Netting 14 goals and cashing in on 26 assists, Krug tied captain Zdeno Chara in points among Bruins defensemen this season. He also led the entire team in points throughout the playoffs. Let me repeat that, as a rookie, he led the entire Bruins team in points throughout the playoffs.
Krug busted onto the scene with his breakthrough playoff performances, but this season he proved he can be a reliable option on the back end for the Bs. Head coach Claude Julien gave the youngster solid minutes on the power play, and in return, he consistently produced.
With a plethora of experienced veteran defenders, and some young studs like Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski, the Bruins’ defense will once again be one of the strongest forces in the league.