Here is a quick break from football talk.
I was able to catch up with several former MSU Spartan hockey players today at Spartan Pro Camp at Munn. The camp runs the rest of the week if anyone wants to check it out. It’s from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. – noon Friday. The practices are open to the public. The players spend the first hour doing drills and then they scrimmage the last hour.
Torey Krug was one of the players at the camp and was using it to help prepare himself for his first raining camp. Read below for an update on him.
Torey Krug got a brief taste of NHL life last season with the Boston Bruins.
The former Spartan All-American tallied an assist while playing in two games with the Bruins last season. Heâ€™s hoping to make the team out of training camp this year.
Krug, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound defenseman, has spent the offseason training in Connecticut with Mike Prentiss of Prentiss Hockey Performance. Players such as Tampa Bayâ€™s Martin St. Louis, Montrealâ€™s Max Pacioretty, Philadelphiaâ€™s James van Riemsdyk and Ottawaâ€™s Ryan Shannon have trained with Prentiss in Connecticut.
â€śItâ€™s nice to be around other NHL guys and you can kind of push the pace and compete with them,â€ť Krug said.
Krug has seen a difference between the pros and college and has dedicated himself this offseason to getting his body ready to compete against the bigger and stronger players in the NHL. He moved to Connecticut to make sure heâ€™d have no distractions while training for the upcoming season. It was a sacrifice he was willing to make as he fights for a roster spot with the Bruins.
â€śI have to make myself a special player because if I donâ€™t then the GMs gonna find a guy that is 6-foot-2 that can do my job as well as I can,â€ť Krug said. â€śIâ€™ve gotta make myself special. Iâ€™ve got to learn to defend better.Â Itâ€™s just a different style of defense. Itâ€™s not gonna be so much in your face trying to knock you down. Itâ€™s just gonna be more positioning and better stick coverage. Thereâ€™s a lot of things I need to work on, but thatâ€™s the main thing Iâ€™m concentrating on.â€ť