Torey Krug has come from out of nowhere to give the Boston Bruins a huge boost in the playoffs.
When the Bruins were hit with injuries to defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden, they were forced to turn to three rookie blueliners to take their place.
Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton had seen quite a bit of action for the Bruins this year, but Krug spent the majority of the year in Providence with the Bruins' minor league affiliate. He played one game for Boston this year after appearing in two regular-season games for them last year.
However, he seemingly has become a mainstay for them overnight. He scored four goals in the five-game series victory over the New York Rangers, punishing All-World goalie Henrik Lundqvist with his hard, accurate shot.
Krug is easily dismissed at first sight because he's just 5'9" and 180 pounds, but the 22-year-old has excellent skating speed, surprising strength and the skill to carry the puck out of trouble.
While the Bruins' injured defensemen have returned to the lineup, Krug also remains in a Boston uniform. He will likely wear his No. 47 uniform throughout the rest of the playoffs and for many years to come.
He appears to be a rising star.