Dru Krebs: 2022 Annual Review and Forecast

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Beneath in our annual prospect assessment and forecast collection is Dru Krebs, defenseman for the Drugs Hat Tigers within the Western Hockey League (WHL). (You’ll be able to entry all of Capitals’ prospect studies and participant evaluation on our “Prospects” web page within the prime menu or to the best right here.)


Krebs, 19, is a 6-0” southpaw defenseman from Okotoks, Alberta. the The Capitals chosen Krebs within the fifth spherical (176th general choose) of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Nonetheless not signed by the Capitalinos.


Krebs adopted his two older brothers, Dakota and Peyton, in hockey. Whereas his older brother, Dakota, was by no means drafted, he was accustomed to the draft due to the expertise of his brother, Peyton, who the Vegas Golden Knights in the end chosen seventeenth general in 2019.

Peyton performed in 4 video games with Las Vegas however spent many of the 2020-21 season with the Henderson Silver Knights. His brother, Dakota, performed 5 seasons of junior hockey within the Western Hockey League. He signed a participant tryout contract with the Toronto Marlies, however didn’t get a daily job within the AHL. His older sister, Maddison, is a singer and songwriter.

Dru Kebs performed for the AAA Beneath 18 workforce within the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) in his hometown of Okotoks in 2018-19, the place he performed in 34 video games, scoring one aim and recording 18 assists.

Krebs made his WHL debut within the 2019-20 season, taking part in in 55 common season video games and recording three targets and 10 assists. Through the 2020-21 season, Krebs recorded 11 assists in 23 video games for the Drugs Hat Tigers.

Krebs attended the Capitals prospect camp in late September 2021 and took part in the primary Capitals coaching camp. He was returned to the Drugs Hat Tigers on September 28. The Tigers struggled all through the season, as Krebs completed his 2021-22 marketing campaign with an astonishing -58 over/underneath. It was extraordinarily troublesome to gauge Krebs and fellow Capitals prospect Garin Bjorklund by way of how they carried out within the 11 video games we watched final season.

Krebs was joined by teammate Garin Bjorklund in briefing Hershey following the conclusion of the Drugs Hat season on Friday, April 15. Each Bjorklund and Krebs signed newbie tryout offers with the Bears and we’re formally launched from the deal per week later.


The next is a compilation of our month-by-month prospect studies for Dru Krebs through the 2021-2022 season. Yow will discover all of our month-to-month prospect studies on our “prospects” web page within the prime menu.

Krebs attended the Capitals prospect camp in late September and took part in the primary Capitals coaching camp. He was returned to the Drugs Hat Tigers on September 28. Krebs scored his first aim of the season on October 23 towards the Edmonton Oil Kings.

For the season Krebs has one aim and no assists in 11 video games performed and is -5. As soon as once more, Drugs Hat has struggled this season.


Dan Baker, the one older Tigers participant on the blue line, and Krebs have been the Tigers’ greatest pairing all season. Baker was requested about taking part in with Krebs. “I like taking part in with Dru, he is a tremendous skater and he will get again on the pucks so quick he makes my job fairly simple,” Baker stated. “It has been a simple transition taking part in with him and we’re getting higher as we’re nonetheless right here, so we’ll hold constructing.”

For the month of November, Krebs had no targets and one help in 9 video games performed. For the season he has a aim and an help in 20 video games performed and is -16 on the ice. He shot the puck 24 occasions for a 4.2% taking pictures share.

Once more, Drugs Hat has been horrible this season and ended the month on a 12-fight dropping streak, so a few of that would issue into Krebs’ efficiency. Nonetheless, we did see a number of of his video games and his recreation has been patchy at greatest at this level. Plenty of unforced errors, however that is to be anticipated. His puck dealing with and desk combating wants to enhance, and he’ll.


It was one other quiet month for Krebs, offensively, with no targets and simply 4 assists in 10 video games performed. He recorded essentially the most assists from him in the direction of the tip of the month.

Defensively, he seems to be taking part in a constant recreation within the three video games we checked out in December, though the Drugs Hat workforce’s common struggles enter into the evaluation. He was minus-8 in December and is minus-22 on the season in 29 video games performed.

He is beginning constant video games and getting good expertise, however at this level he would not be able to report back to Hershey within the fall. That would change with a stable spring.


The Tigers have been cleared to renew workforce actions on January 10 after the WHL positioned them on hiatus together with 13 different groups on December 7 as a result of pandemic.

Krebs picked up the help on the Tiger’s game-winning aim in his first recreation on December 12 towards Brandon. He scored a aim on January 15

Krebs had one aim and two assists in 9 video games performed in January. He has registered two targets and 7 assists in 37 video games performed. He shot the puck 56 occasions for a 3.5% taking pictures share.


Krebs and the Tigers visited the primary place Edmonton Oil Kings in Edmonton on February 13, the place Krebs scored a formidable two factors within the contest. He opened the scoring simply over 10 minutes into the sport with a play that began in his personal zone.

Krebs maneuvered the puck between his legs to jar an opposing participant. He then he made a cross to a teammate on the wing and began his run in the direction of aim the place he acquired a go that he deflected for the rely.

The second Krebs rely of the evening started with a puck picked up alongside the wall. He drove into the online and went down the quick facet beating the Oil Kings keeper with a backhand drive.

Krebs’ effort was not sufficient because the Tigers fell to the Oil Kings 5-3, reducing their file to 9-29-3-1 on the season. Tiger’s affiliate coach Joe Frazer stated it was good to see Krebs being rewarded with factors on the scoresheet.

“He is been just a little foolish this yr, however he is one in every of our greatest staff on and off the ice daily.” Fraser stated. “So it is good to see him get rewarded.”

Krebs, who was named the second star of the sport, stated he cannot complain about being on the rating sheet as he stated that scoring targets is without doubt one of the greatest emotions on the earth. Krebs stated he felt extra assured within the Tigers’ final two video games.

“Immediately I used to be in a position to execute, however it’s all the time enjoyable, scoring places just a little additional bounce in your step,” Krebs stated.

It was his first multi-goal recreation of his WHL profession. He stated the loss provides them just a little extra confidence towards a workforce like Edmonton.

β€œHaving a better recreation, it makes you’re feeling like if we play like that towards extra groups, we’ll win extra video games,” Krebs stated. “I believe that is what you get out of this recreation.”

Offensively, Krebs has 4 targets and 10 assists in 47 video games performed up to now this season. He is a -34, however once more, that is on a beneath common Drugs Hat workforce. He appeared stable within the two video games we noticed in February.


Offensively, Krebs had one other quiet month for Drugs Hat, with no targets and 4 assists in 13 video games performed. For the season, he has 4 targets and 14 assists in 59 video games performed. He shot the puck 81 occasions for a taking pictures share of 4.9%, which isn’t sufficient.

Defensively, Krebs is a whopping -45, however then once more, the Drugs Hat workforce has been downright horrible this season. Krebs confirmed accountable play and exits from the sound zone within the video games we checked out in March, however the workforce’s degree of play continues to cloud the difficulty and hamper his growth/evaluation. Let’s hope that Krebs adjustments the air for the subsequent season.


Krebs was joined by teammate Garin Bjorklund in briefing Hershey following the conclusion of the Drugs Hat season on Friday, April 15. Each Bjorklund and Krebs signed newbie tryout offers with the Bears and we’re formally launched from the deal per week later.

For the season, Krebs completed with 4 targets and 15 assists in 66 video games performed for a porous and poor Tigres workforce. Defensively, Krebs had a formidable -58 on the season, once more, on a poor Drugs Hat workforce.

It has been a problem this season making an attempt to evaluate each Bjorklund and Krebs because the workforce was unhealthy. That is seemingly the rationale each have been referred to as as much as Hershey on the finish of the season, so Capitals administration can get a greater image of their growth over the previous 9 months.



Krebs is prone to return to Drugs Hat for his fourth and closing season within the CHL. He might want to use the season to develop and put together for a potential commerce to Hershey for the 2023-24 season. Ideally, the Capitals would transfer Krebs to a different workforce for his closing yr of CHL/WHL eligibility.

By Jon Sorensen

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