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Defenseman Dru Krebs, who the Washington Capitals drafted within the sixth spherical (decide #176 total) of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, is within the thick of coaching camp with the Drugs Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Nonetheless, he’ll pack his baggage and head for Washington within the subsequent day or so in an effort to take part in Washington Capitals “Rookie Camp”, set to start out on Thursday.
Previous to departing for the States, Krebs was interviewed for the WHL web site as a part of the leadup to the opening of the WHL season. Krebs is predicted to return to the Tigers for the 2022-23 season.
“I believe we’re actually excited. We’ve got so much to show this upcoming season and I believe it is also nice to see the long run and what it has to carry for our group when we now have the prospects and all these guys arising”
Krebs, who’s getting into his fourth and ultimate season with the Tigers, is anticipating to be extra of a mentor within the Tigers’ dressing room this coming season.
“I believe it comes shortly. You do not count on how shortly it’s going to be particularly with the entire Covid scenario. I solely obtained half of the season [during 2020-21] and a lot of the entire different guys. I believe you adapt and alter and being the chief all the best way rising up with my minor hockey groups is a straightforward or simpler change however it’s one thing to adapt to.”
Krebs has two older brothers, Dakota and Peyton, who’ve additionally performed within the Western Hockey League, and who’ve been a great useful resource for him.
“In fact, you probably have … nice recommendation coming from them. I Facetime them on a regular basis and yeah, they all the time have nice recommendation for me and coming from their scenario and experiences within the Western Hockey League after which different leagues as nicely. Typically it is recommendation not concerning hockey [but] which may help my on-ice and off-ice attributes.”
[Note: His brother, Dakota, a fellow defenseman, was never drafted by an NHL team. Once he completed his junior hockey career, he started playing hockey at the University of Calgary. His other brother, Peyton, is a forward who was drafted by the Las Vegas Knights and currently plays with the Buffalo Sabres.]
Krebs, who performed his whole junior hockey profession with the Drugs Hat Tigers, praised the present teaching Drugs Hat employees, particularly Willie Desjardins, the Head Coach and Basic Supervisor, and Joe Frazer, the Affiliate Head Coach. The 2021-22 season was a tough season the place the Drugs Hat Tigers completed in final place within the WHL Jap Convention.
“…we’re a very hard-working crew and we’re coming in with open minds. I believe our teaching employees is a tremendous teaching employees that basically will get us motivated for the season. I believe that is one thing to essentially stay up for seeing how a lot we will enhance over the course of a 12 months and nicely two years in comparison with final 12 months,” mentioned Krebs.
“It brings a way of calmness and instructions in the direction of the blokes and having Willie who’s coached within the NHL and he is coached championship groups after which Joe’s I believe is on his 13th season with the Tigers. I believe that basically solidifies that they know their stuff they usually know what it takes to achieve success.”
Krebs labored on getting faster and stronger this summer season, forward of the Tiger’s coaching camp, in addition to this week’s Capitals rookie camp. Krebs not solely labored on his physicality this summer season, but in addition his total psychological strategy.
“I believe an enormous one was my shot and, I believe, the off-ice, the mentality half, being by a season the place it was mentally struggling and having the ability to adapt and alter and develop. I believe that is an enormous a part of my low season and having the ability to adapt and achieve success when typically issues aren’t going your approach,” added Krebs.
“I believe 100%. I believe on the subsequent stage that is the way you get there’s the mentality facet and I believe hockey has actually modified with that route and having the ability to mentally see the psychological a part of the a part of the sport.”
Krebs mentioned he’s actually wanting ahead to his return journey to Washington.
“I actually loved final 12 months’s camp. I used to be capable of go to the principle camp as nicely and play with all these guys I seemed as much as rising up and having it round this 12 months goes to be a particular expertise as nicely and having it in order that there are not any Covid restrictions and all that’s going to be a very nice expertise.”
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