LA Kings: Three players to watch on the St. Louis Blues

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Torey Krug

The Blues lost long-time captain and top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to the Vegas Golden Knights in free agency. However, they were able to grab one of the other top blueliners available to replace him, signing former Boston Bruin Torey Krug to a seven-year, $45.5-million contract.

Krug isn’t a big guy, but he doesn’t let that hold him back. He hits and shoots hard, plays with a mean streak, and isn’t afraid to mix things up with players who are a lot bigger than him.

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Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Bruins, Krug turned into an excellent offensive defenseman. He’s scored at least 39 points in each of his seven full NHL seasons, including a career-high 14 goals and 59 points in 2017-18. Last season he recorded nine goals and 49 points in just 61 games before the regular season was cut short.

Given the edge Krug plays with and the amount of times teams in their own division are going to face each other this year, there’s a pretty good chance you’re not going to like him very much by the end of the season.