WILMINGTON, Mass. — As a college free agent who signed with the Bruins last spring, Torey Krug was jettisoned from NHL life as soon as the 2011-12 regular season concluded.
NHL rules made him ineligible to be available to the Bruins in the postseason, and even prevented him from skating with the team’s reserves.
So he headed back to Michigan State to finish up his classes as the only kid in school with two games of NHL experience under his belt. Now he’s at the Bruins’ development camp with that same experience behind him and a host of challenges in front of him.
“I think there’s a lot of things you can get out of it,” Krug said today after the first day of the camp at Ristuccia Arena. “You get to learn about your new teammates. You’re building camaraderie with guys. You never meet them before, but you come out here, you’re bonding, you’re going through the same thing as each other and you get a chance to bond. So that’s a good thing. And you learn things about nutrition and how to treat your body and how to become a professional athlete. So it’s a nice opportunity. I’m looking forward to learning.”
Part of Krug’s entry-level deal with the Bruins when he signed in the spring was that he’d report to Boston and be an NHLer for at least a couple weeks so he could burn a year of his contract. There are no more guarantees for the 5-foot-9, 180-pound blueliner. Just like the prospects around him at development camp, and most of the veterans that will be in attendance at main camp in fall, he’ll have to fight for the right to add to his NHL game total.
He’s prepared for that challenge and is looking at development camp as a launching point for that mission.
“I think I know where I stand and I’ll have the opportunity to work as hard as I can and I’ll work to try to make the team,” Krug said. “If that’s not the case, I’m still going to work as hard as I can to try to get up here. Those 2 ½ weeks I was here were the best weeks of my life so far. So it gives me a lot of incentive to want to get back up.”