Marcus Kruger

#16 C / Chicago Blackhawks / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 181 lb Age: 25 College: None

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    • Kruger Signs One-Year Contract With Blackhawks

      News: Marcus Kruger signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on Friday.
      Analysis: It took far longer than expected, but a trade that sent Kris Versteeg to the Hurricanes on Friday gave the Hawks the cap space they needed to finally get a deal done with Marcus Kruger. Kruger isn't a potent offensive contributor, as he only registered 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 81 games with Chicago last season. He is, however, a penalty-killing stud, and a force to be reckoned with in the faceoff dot, skills that make him a valuable commodity for the Hawks. He will likely return to a bottom-six role with Chicago in 2015-16.
    • Hawks' Kruger Could Be Re-Signed By Wednesday

      News: Marcus Kruger could have a new contract before the start of NHL free agency on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
      Analysis: Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said that re-signing Marcus Kruger -- along with Brandon Saad and Andrew Desjardins -- is a top priority. Kruger's a defensive center and penalty-killing specialist who excels in the faceoff dot, but doesn't contribute much offensively, with only seven goals and 10 assists during the 2014-15 regular season. He may also need offseason surgery for injuries suffered during the Hawks' Stanley Cup run.
    • Surgery Could Be Needed For Hawks' Kruger

      News: Marcus Kruger admitted Tuesday that he dealt with a couple of injuries during the playoffs, but wasn't certain if offseason surgery will be necessary, ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers reports.
      Analysis: Marcus Kruger wouldn't reveal the nature of the injuries, but he had been viewed as questionable heading into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals after he was on the receiving end of a hard hit from the Ducks' Ryan Kesler in the previous round. The fourth-line center didn't miss any of the six games in Finals, but failed to make much of an impact from a statistical standpoint. Even if Kruger is forced to go under the knife at some point, the long summer off should provide him with enough time to prepare for the start of training camp.
    • Hawks' Kruger

      News: Marcus Kruger is "fine" and will play in Wednesday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.
      Analysis: Marcus Kruger didn't play much after taking a big hit from the Ducks' Ryan Kesler with about 13 minutes remaining in the third period of Saturday's Game 7. However, at that point the Hawks had the game pretty well in hand, so Krugers' lack of ice time was likely a precautionary measure. Kruger has tallied two goals and one assist thus far during Chicago's playoff run.
    • Hawks' Kruger Pots Triple-OT Winner

      News: Marcus Kruger scored his second goal of the playoffs with 3:48 remaining in the third overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 victory over the Ducks.
      Analysis: A big-time goal for Marcus Kruger, but fairly typically, the centerman hasn't provided a ton of offense in these playoffs -- he has no assists to go with his two markers and has only taken more shots in a game three times. Kruger's fantasy value remains quite limited as a depth-line player.
    • Blackhawks' Kruger Likely Back In Saturday

      News: Marcus Kruger (illness) is likely to play Saturday against the Avalanche, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.
      Analysis: Marcus Kruger participated in line rushes during Saturday's morning skate after missing Thursday's game against the Blues, so it looks like he's no longer feeling under the weather. Expect him to replace Andrew Desjardins on the club's fourth line.
    • Hawks' Kruger Out Thursday

      News: Marcus Kruger (illness) won't play Thursday against the Blues.
      Analysis: Marcus Kruger is traveling with the Blackhawks on their current road trip, so there's still a possibility he could play in the regular-season finale Saturday in Colorado. After a two-point effort in last Thursday's win over Vancouver, Kruger has not recorded a point over his last three contests, and has notched a mere 17 points and 30 PIM in 80 games for the Hawks to date.
    • Blackhawks' Kruger Playing Sunday

      News: Marcus Kruger will play in Sunday's game against the Blues, ESPN Chicago reports.
      Analysis: Marcus Kruger suffered a minor injury during Friday's game against the Sabres, but he was able to return and finish out the contest. There's no reason to think he won't be his usual self for Sunday's big matchup with the Blues.
    • Blackhawks' Kruger Returns

      News: Marcus Kruger was able to return to Friday's game after leaving with an undisclosed injury in the second period, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
      Analysis: Luckily for the Blackhawks and fantasy owners, Marcus Kruger's ailment wasn't serious enough to keep him out of Friday's contest. Although he may be a little banged up after Friday's game, Kruger shouldn't be in any danger of missing Sunday's matchup with the Blues.
    • Hawks' Kruger Leaves With Injury

      News: Marcus Kruger left Friday's game against the Sabres with an undisclosed injury, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
      Analysis: Marcus Kruger fell to the ice in pain after taking a big hit from Tyson Strachan in the second period of Friday's game. At this point in time it isn't clear whether he'll be able to return Friday's contest. If he's held out for the remainder of Friday's matchup, the Blackhawks should provide an update on his status in the coming days.
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