Jun 22, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) carries the puck past Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) during the first period in game five of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Kruger Agrees To 2 Year Deal With Chicago Blackhawks


Marcus Kruger was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, and has contributed mainly to the Penalty Kill team, and will be with the team for the next two seasons. He had a lackluster season in 2012-13, only putting up four goals, and nine assists in 47 regular season games; with three more goals and two assists coming in 23 playoff games. He primarily played on the fourth line, but as stated earlier, was a big part of the PK team. According to ESPN, the Blackhawks ranked third in the NHL in PK percentage, with 87.2% (123 saves out of 141 chances).

GM Stan Bowman had this to say on Kruger,

Marcus had a great season for us. I think when we brought him over we kind of expected this role for him. Looking at his progression over the last two seasons, I’m not surprised he has done that. This is really what we liked when we drafted him. He’s a very tenacious player, and I think he’s very smart. He’s gained some strength over the last couple years, which has allowed him to play against better players and stronger players.

Bowman is definitely intrigued by Kruger’s versatility, also stating,

I think his ability to help us in a lot of different ways — he played some wing for us in the playoffs and a lot of center during the regular season. He was a big part of the penalty killing. That’s sort of his profile going forward — a versatile defender, and he’s worked on his offensive game a little bit. Looking into next year, I think his role is only to get better.

 

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