Bruins’ Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy among NHL Network’s top 20 defensemen

Matt Kalman
August 18, 2019 - 7:49 pm

The NHL Network continued its offseason top 20 lists Sunday with a list of the league’s best defensemen, and the Bruins were well-represented.

Previously Patrice Bergeron was among the top 20 centers, and Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak made the network’s list of wings.

Unsigned restricted free agent Charlie McAvoy made the list at No. 14, just behind long-time Bruins nemesis and newest New Jersey Devils blueliner P.K. Subban at No. 13.

Just 21, McAvoy already has 60 points (14 goals 46 assists) in 117 regular season games. He led the Bruins in ice time in the regular season (22:10) and Stanley Cup playoffs (24:30) during Boston’s run to Game 7 of the Cup final.

Of course, no one cares about his ranking on this list or his stats from the past two seasons. All that matters is that he get his name on a contract with the Bruins soon. McAvoy’s a RFA in limbo because he doesn’t have enough service time to be eligible for an offer sheet from another club. That means it’s the Bruins or a team outside the NHL for the former Boston University standout.

Torey Krug, who’s entering the final year of his four-year, $21 million contract, checked in at No. 16, with New York Rangers newcomer Jacob Trouba sandwiched in at No. 15.

Krug, 28, had 53 points (six goals, 47 assists) in 64 regular-season games last season and added 18 more points (two goals, 16 assists) in the postseason.

As if Krug needed more ammo for his upcoming contract negotiations with the Bruins, the defenseman who’ll be an unrestricted free agent next July 1 if he doesn’t sign an extension now has a league-endorsed list that puts him among the elite defensemen in the league (and one could argue he should be at least one slot higher on that list).