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Bruins' Charlie McAvoy, Torey Krug make NHL's list of Top 20 defensemen

Bruins' Charlie McAvoy, Torey Krug make NHL's list of Top 20 defensemen

Both the present and the future are indeed bright for the Boston Bruins, and the Black and Gold representation on the NHL Network’s “Top 20 defensemen right now” list is just further affirmation. Both 21-year-old Charlie McAvoy and 28-year-old Torey Krug ended up making the list of the top defensemen headed into the 2019-20 season.

McAvoy moved up five spots from his position as 19th on the list last summer, while Krug held strong at the 16th spot for the second year in a row after putting together a Conn Smythe-worthy postseason on Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. On Sunday night’s NHL Network show highlighting the list, NHL Network analyst and three-time Stanley Cup champion Ken Daneyko had nothing but positive things to say about Krug’s place within the current pantheon of D-men.

“Don’t look at his stature, he can skate. We saw him in the playoffs bring some physicality. Helmet off, just flying into everybody,” said Daneyko of Krug. “I love guys that play the game that hard, and Torey Krug [has a] deceptively hard shot from the point. … [He] plays 10, 15 pounds heavier and two inches taller than he really is.”

McAvoy and Krug are in the top-20 list of defensemen right now, and they’ll also be among the highest paid D-men at this time next year. McAvoy is an unsigned restricted free agent who’s going to earn a handsome raise when he finally does sign a contract for this upcoming season and beyond. Krug has put together three straight 50-point seasons, and is entering the final year of his contract with the Bruins before he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

In addition to McAvoy and Krug, teammates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak ranked fourth and 10th, respectively, on NHL Network’s Top 20 Wings Right Now last week while Patrice Bergeron ranked seventh on Top 20 Centers Right Now two weeks ago.

Where does McAvoy rank on this year's '20 Under 25'?

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Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

FINAL SCORE: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

IN BRIEF: Swedish free-agent signee Par Lindholm scored his first goal with the Bruins but Patrick Kane's goal in overtime gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 preseason victory over the B's in Chicago. Ryan Fitzgerald scored the other Bruins goal. BOX SCORE 

BRUINS PRESEASON RECORD: 1-0-2

HIGHLIGHTS:

PATRICK KANE'S OT WINNER:

SWEDISH CONNECTION: OSKAR STEEN TO PAR LINDHOLM IN 3RD:

BRANDON SAAD BEATS MAXIME LEGACE FOR CHICAGO LEAD:

B'S RYAN FITZGERALD TIES IT AT 1 ON A PENALTY SHOT:

DYLAN STROME ON THE POWER PLAY GETS HAWKS ON BOARD:


UP NEXT:
Vs. Flyers, Monday, 7 p.m., NESN Plus

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Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy make their preseason debuts after brief holdouts

Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy make their preseason debuts after brief holdouts

BRIGHTON, Mass – It didn’t take long for young D-men Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy to get back into the flow after their brief holdouts. Both youngsters will suit up for their first action of the preseason on Saturday night as both Carlo and McAvoy will be in the Bruins lineup when they headed to the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Both players only missed a handful of practices at the beginning of camp before signing their respective second NHL contracts, and needless to say they are excited to get back into the swing of things.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said McAvoy. “It really doesn’t take long to get back into the flow and into the routine of coming to the rink every day, going about your business and doing the things you do. Then you start feeling comfortable and getting back. I’m excited to get back on the road with the guys. There’s a couple of new faces, so you get to meet new guys and play with new guys. It’s fun. I’m excited to see if I can get some chemistry with some guys tonight.”

Certainly the appearance of both McAvoy and Carlo on the game roster so quickly also speaks to the excellent shape they arrived in training camp ready to hit the ice running. 

Bruce Cassidy indicated that Saturday night will probably mark the end of training camp for a number of players with expected to come in the 24-48 hours following the exhibition game in Chicago. It makes perfect sense timing-wise given that the Bruins coaching staff wanted to give their veteran core time to ease into things over the first 10 days of training camp, and Providence Bruins training camp begins on Monday with a number of players headed to Rhode Island as the first round of camp cuts begin to take shape.

Here's the roster of players headed to Chicago for Saturday night’s game, which will be the final appearance in NHL training camp for a number of these players:

Forwards: Anders Bjork, Par Lindholm, Brett Ritchie, Jakub Lauko, Trent Frederic, Karson Kuhlman, Paul Carey, Oskar Steen, Ryan Fitzgerald, Brendan Gaunce, Pavel Shen, Peter Cehlarik, Samuel Asselin

Defensemen: Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk, Steven Kampfer, Jakub Zboril, Wiley Sherman, Cooper Zech

Goaltenders: Maxime Lagace, Kyle Keyser, Dan Vladar

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