Around the NHL, David Krejci is considered a skilled center. Krejci’s 26-point performance in the playoffs, one more than Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane, underscored the center’s status among the game’s sharpest playmakers.
But when Krejci is at his best, he plays with bite. If an opponent dares to lean on him, Krejci will make it known, with a chirp or a cross-check, that he prefers his playmaking space. Having a ruffian like Milan Lucic sharing shifts would make any slick center feel bigger.
Now the challenge is for Krejci to extend that intensity into the regular season. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.