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After an impressive freshman campaign last season Jason Krych has demonstrated continued development as a sophomore, installing himself in the upper echelon of Minnesota prospects. The Totino-Grace defenseman has showed great skill and poise this season, taking on more minutes and responsibility on the Eagles blue line. To Krych, any enjoyment of accomplishment is short lived as his main focus is of continued progression.
“I have been working on my hockey sense all season,” Krych explained. “Last year I had a tough time adjusting to the high school level, but now I’m seeing the ice better. I need to continue to work on carrying the puck though, just continue to gain more confidence.”
Krych’s hard work and dedication to the game has not gone unnoticed, as he’s averaging over a point-per-game this season, notching 27 points in 25 games. Krych is an enjoyable player to watch as his skating is fluid and work ethic is unquestionable.
Through steady play Krych has gained the trust of coach Mark Loahr as he’s on the first-team power play unit and is an asset killing penalties. What separates Krych from other prospects are his quick feet and unprecedented speed. These aspects of his game make him very difficult to beat in transition. Krych is comparable to a shutdown corner in football, as he’s able to blanket his opponent with his quickness and agility.
While Krych does not have prototypical size, he’s capable of playing a physical brand of hockey. During many viewings this season Krych has eliminated his opponent from the play with a well-timed body-check. For Krych playing physical is all part of the trade.
“If they tell me to play a physical game, I’ll do it.” Krych stated. “I have no fear of going into the corner with their biggest guy. I can do it.”
Krych does not have to look far for an example of how an undersized defenseman can be successful and handle the rigors of playing bigger competition as the Wild’s Jared Spurgeon is a prime example. But when looking inside the high school ranks, Krych respects the game of Benilde St. Margaret’s defenseman Ben Newhouse.
“He’s small and quick but he takes the body,” Krych stated. “He’s also very tough as he will go in the corners and play physical. He has a good shot as well, he’s just an overall good player.”
Krych, A product of Champlin Park Hockey Association and the Minnesota Blades, walks the talk as he has demonstrated a willingness to do the unglamorous challenges of the game in exchange for team success. As his sophomore season nears its conclusion Krych can build off this successful season as he may be one step closer of achieving his goal of playing Division One hockey. Krych is willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
“I’ve just got to do whatever it takes to play Division One hockey. If they asked me to run through a wall to play D-1, I would,” Krych said with a smile.