Krug the perfect fit
There is a hell of a lot to like about Torey Krug.
He’s skilled, he’s tough, he can produce offense and he’s an absolute lethal weapon on the power play.
Krug is slightly younger than Alex Pietrangelo at 29 and would command less on the open market too, but more on that shortly.
In terms of his on-ice production, Krug has been a mainstay of the Boston Bruins blueline for years now since being signed by the franchise as an Undrafted Free Agent in 2012.
He holds the most points by an American-born player in franchise history with 337 (67 G, 270 A), skating in 523 career regular season games for the Bruins.
Krug is also a proven performer in the postseason having put up 52 points (11 G, 41 A) in 75 Stanley Cup Playoff games, and he had six points (0 G, 6 A) in 13 postseason outings inside The Bubble.
Krug is coming off a 49 point season (9 G, 40 A) in 61 games in 2019-20, while he has averaged at least 20 minutes of ice time per game in each of the last five seasons.
It is also the intangibles you would be getting in Krug that are impressive. A very good skater and a fierce competitor, the 29-year-old would bring a bucketload of grit and tenacity to the Vegas blueline.
He loves battling for pucks in the dirty areas, he throws crushing hits like they are going out of business and he doesn’t back down from a fight in order to send a jolt of energy through his team.
In other words, Krug plays with a lot of heart and he would be a staple of the Golden Knights’ top-four.
And, as elite as he is offensively, Krug is very, very good in his own zone and he’s also built for Playoff hockey so his signing might be enough to push this team over the top.
Plus, with 24 goals and 136 assists on the power play in his career, Krug could man the second power play unit giving the Golden Knights a lethal one-two punch on the man advantage behind Shea Theodore.
Overall, there is a reason why Torey Krug is the second best defenseman on the market right now and he would be a hell of a pickup for the Golden Knights if they can’t lure Alex Pietrangelo to Sin City.