It may not quite be the role he’d prefer, but Marcus Krüger is happy to fill the important task of fourth-line center and regular penalty killer for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 22-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden, now in his second full NHL season, has teamed up with Czech left winger Michael Frolik to comprise a formidable penalty-kill pairing, as well as two-thirds of a fourth line that provides the Blackhawks with superior depth.

One key to Chicago’s historic hot streak to start the season, jumping out to a record-tying 13-0-3 record, has been its ability to roll four lines consistently. That has allowed stars like Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to remain fresh while providing opportunities for defensively-conscious players like Krüger, who can also create offence.


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