Dru Krebs: Annual overview and forecast 2022

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Next in our annual prospect review and forecasting series is Dru Krebs, defender for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League (WHL). (You can access all of Capitals’ prospect reports and player analysis on our “Outlook” page in the main menu or here.)

VITAL

Krebs, 19, is a 6′-0” left-handed defender from Okotoks, Alberta. The Capitals selected Krebs in the fifth round (#176th pick overall) of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He remains unsigned by the Capitals.

CAREER SUMMARY

Krebs followed his two older brothers, Dakota and Peyton, into hockey. Although his oldest brother, Dakota, was never drafted, he was familiar with the draft because of the experience of his brother, Peyton, who ultimately selected the Vegas Golden Knights at #17 in 2019.

Peyton played in four games with Vegas but spent most of the 2020-21 season with the Henderson Silver Knights. His brother, Dakota, played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League for five seasons. He signed a player contract with the Toronto Marlies, but did not land a permanent AHL job. His older sister, Maddison, is a singer/songwriter.

Dru Kebs played for the Under 18 AAA team in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) in his hometown of Okotoks in 2018-19, where he appeared in 34 games, scored one goal and provided 18 assists.

Krebs made his WHL debut in the 2019-20 season, playing in 55 regular season games and scoring three goals and 10 assists. During the 2020-21 season, Krebs scored 11 assists in 23 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Krebs attended Capitals prospect camp in late September 2021 and participated in Capitals main training camp. He returned to the Medicine Hat Tigers on September 28. The Tigers had a hard time all season, as Krebs finished his 2021-22 season with a whopping -58 in plus/minus. It was extremely difficult to gauge Krebs and Garin Bjorklund, one of the other Capitals, how they performed in the 11 games we saw last season.

Krebs joined teammate Garin Bjorklund and reported to Hershey after the close of the Medicine Hat season on Friday, April 15. Both Bjorklund and Krebs signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Bears and a week later we are officially released from the agreement.

2021-2022 MONTH-BY-MONTH SUMMARY AND TREND ANALYSIS

The following is a compilation of our monthly outlook reports for Dru Krebs during the 2021-2022 season. You can find all of our monthly prospect reports on our “Prospects” page in the main menu.

OCTOBER
Krebs attended Capitals prospect camp in late September and participated in Capitals main training camp. He returned to the Medicine Hat Tigers on September 28. Krebs scored his first goal of the season on October 23 against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

For the season, Krebs has a goal and no assists in 11 games played and is a -5. Again, Medicine Hat is struggling this season.

TRENDING: SAME

NOVEMBER
Dan Baker, the Tigers, lone over-ager on the Blue Line, and Krebs have been the Tigers’ top couple all season. Baker was asked about playing with Krebs. “I love playing with Dru, he’s a great skater and he can get back to pucks so quickly it makes my job pretty easy,” Baker said. “It was an easy transition to play with him and we’re getting better as we continue here so we keep building.”

For the month of November, Krebs had no goals and one assist in nine games played. For the season, he has a goal and an assist in 20 games played and is a -16 on the ice. He has shot the puck 24 times for a 4.2% firing rate.

Again, Medicine Hat has been terrible this season, finishing the month with a 12-game run, so some of that could play a part in Krebs’ performance. However, we’ve reviewed several of his games and his game is spotty at best right now. Lots of casual mistakes, but that’s to be expected. His puck handling and board fights need to improve, and they will.

TRENDING: SAME

DECEMBER
It was another quiet month for Krebs, attacking, with no goals scored and only four assists in 10 games played. By the end of the month, he was recording a large portion of his assists.

Defensively, he seems to be playing a consistent game across the three games we saw in December, although the Medicine Hat team’s overall battle plays into the analysis. He was a minus-8 in December and is a minus-22 for the season in 29 games played.

He starts consistent matches and gains good experience, but at this point he wouldn’t be ready to report to Hershey in the fall. That could change with a firm spring.

TRENDING: SAME

JANUARY
The Tigers were allowed to resume team activities on January 10 after being interrupted by the WHL along with 13 other teams on December 7 due to the pandemic.

Krebs grabbed the assist on the Tiger game winner in their first game on December 12 against Brandon. He scored a goal on January 15

Krebs had a goal and two assists in nine games in January. He scored two goals and seven assists in 37 games played. He has shot the puck 56 times for a 3.5% firing rate.

TRENDING: SAME

FEBRUARY
Krebs and the Tigers visited the first place Edmonton Oil Kings in Edmonton on Feb. 13, where Krebs had two impressive results in the match. He kicked off the scoring just over 10 minutes into the game with a game starting in his own zone.

Krebs maneuvered the puck between his legs to shake an opponent. He then made a cross-ice feed to a teammate on the wing and began his run to goal where he got a pass that changed his direction for the lead.

Kreb’s second count of the night started with a collected puck along the wall. He floated to the net and went short side beating the Oil Kings netminder with a backhand shot.

Krebs’ effort wasn’t enough, as the Tigers fell 5-3 to the Oil Kings, dropping their record to 9-29-3-1 on the season. Tiger’s associate coach Joe Frazer said it was good to see Krebs being awarded points on the score sheet.

“He’s been bitten by a snake this year, but he’s one of our hardest workers every day on and off the ice,” Frazer said. “So it’s good to see him being rewarded.”

Krebs, who was named the second star of the game, said he can’t complain about being on the scoresheet because he said scoring goals is one of the best feelings in the world. Krebs said he was more confident in the Tigers’ last few games.

“Today I was able to perform, but it’s always fun, scoring definitely gives an extra jump in your step,” said Krebs.

It was his first multi-goal game in his WHL career. He said the defeat gives them a little more confidence against a team like Edmonton.

“When you have a closer game, you get the feeling that if we play against more teams like this, then we’re going to win more games,” Krebs said. “I think that’s what you get out of this game.”

Offensively, Krebs has four goals and 10 assists in 47 games played this season. He’s a -34, but again, that’s a below par Medicine Hat team. He looked solid in the two games we saw in February.

TRENDING: SAME

MARCH
Offensively, Krebs had another quiet month for Medicine Hat, with no goals and four assists in 13 games played. For the season, he has four goals and 14 assists in 59 games played. He has shot the puck 81 times for a 4.9% firing rate, which he will not succeed.

Defensively, Krebs is a whopping -45, but again, the Medicine Hat team has been downright awful this season. Krebs showed responsible game and sound zone outputs in the games we reviewed in March, but the team’s level of play continues to obscure the issue and hinder his development/analysis. Let’s hope Krebs changes scenery for next season.

TRENDING: SAME

APRIL
Krebs joined teammate Garin Bjorklund and reported to Hershey after the close of the Medicine Hat season on Friday, April 15. Both Bjorklund and Krebs signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Bears and a week later we are officially released from the agreement.

For the season, Krebs finished with four goals and 15 assists in 66 games played for a porous and poor Tigers team. Defensively, Krebs was a whopping -58 for the season, again, on a bad Medicine Hat team.

It has been a challenge to gauge both Bjorklund and Krebs this season as the team was bad. It’s probably why both were called to Hershey at the end of the season so that Capitals management could get a better sense of their development over the past nine months.

TRENDING: SAME

PLAYER PREDICTION

Krebs will likely return to Medicine Hat for his fourth and final season in the CHL. He will need to use the season to develop and prepare for a potential move to Hershey for the 2023-24 season. Ideally, the Capitals would move Krebs to another team for his final year of CHL/WHL eligibility.

By Jon Sorensen

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