Kruger will join Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Kruger will join the fifth-ranked Swedes, who are in a tough Group A alongside Russia, the United States and Slovakia. Considering the 26-year-old averaged a mere 14:01 of ice time during the regular season, it is not surprising to see him pot just five goals and 12 helpers in a bottom-six role. In the Hawks' brief postseason appearance, the center tallied a lone helper, seven shots on goal and two PIM. Given his limited offensive contributions, Kruger will probably only benefit owners in deeper fantasy formats.
Kruger tallied a goal and an assist Tuesday against the Avalanche. It was Kruger's fifth of the season, and he finished the night with a plus-2 rating, two shots and three blocked shots. The only negative was his poor showing in the circle, where he won just four of 13 faceoffs; to be fair, though, the Avalanche rank No. 2 in the league in faceoff win percentage. This was his second goal in four games, so even though he's not known as a scorer, the bounces are definitely going his way of late.
Kruger scored his fourth goal of the season during Wednesday's win over Pittsburgh. The 26-year-old pivot has established himself as a solid defensive pivot with a 50.4 Corsi For percentage despite beginning just 28.6 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the offensive zone. However, Kruger shouldn't be confused with a serviceable fantasy asset. He has just four goals, 15 points and 77 shots through 65 games, after all.
Kruger (illness) will return for Thursday's road game against the Coyotes, Tracey Meyers of CSN Chicago reports. Kruger is apparently over the bug that kept him out of Tuesday's road trip opener in San Jose and he is projected to return to his place on Chicago's third line centering Dennis Rasmussen and Marian Hossa. While he is an important piece of Chicago's penalty kill, he isn't much of a scorer and so can be avoided in most fantasy formats.
Kruger will not play Tuesday night's game in San jose due to illness, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Coach Joel Quenneville said that he would have to see how Kruger is feeling ahead of Thursday's game in Arizona before making any kind of declaration on his availability for that game. Either way, Kruger hasn't recorded an assist since Dec. 17 and hasn't netted a goal since Dec. 1, so his absence shouldn't affect the majority of fantasy owners.
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