|Assets:||Has an abundance of two-way ability and very good puck skills. Reads the play well and is very heady. Kills penalties with aplomb. Can score goals, too.|
|Flaws:||Lacks both size and strength, which can hinder his chances of thriving on the smaller North American ice. Needs to display more consistency from game to game.|
|Career Potential:||Two-way center with some upside.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2012-13 (Chicago)|
|Olympic||Olympic Silver Medal||2014 (Sweden)|
|7/12/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks to a two-year contract.|
|7/02/2013||Chicago Blackhawks tendered a qualifying offer.|
|1/13/2013||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|9/15/2012||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|3/27/2012||Missed 1 game (concussion).|
|1/13/2012||Missed 8 games (concussion).|
|1/04/2012||Concussion, injured reserve.|
|12/26/2011||Missed 1 game (head injury).|
|12/21/2011||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|10/08/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|10/03/2011||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|3/22/2011||Recalled from Djurgardens IF (Sweden).|
|6/16/2010||Signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/27/2009||Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 5th round (149th overall) in 2009.|
M. Kruger gets struck high by puck, returns | 02/28/2014 9:59 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger was struck in the face by a shot from New York's Brad Richards in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.
ImpactHe left for repairs and to be examined during the second period, but he was able to return. Kruger has six goals and 24 points in 61 contests this year.
Marcus Kruger fills similar role for Sweden | 02/13/2014 5:28 PM
NewsAs expected, Marcus Kruger is playing a similar role with Sweden to the one he plays in Chicago.
Impact"I'm going to get a lot of chances on the (penalty kill) and try to be strong there," he said. "I think we did a good job in that area (Wednesday) and our power play was good as well. It's a good way to win games here." His Blackhawks teammates, Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson, are also paired together on Sweden's back end.
Quenneville likes 2-way play of his 4th line | 01/24/2014 8:03 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger scored a goal in Wednesday's shootout loss to Detroit.
ImpactCoach Joel Quenneville has been impressed with the play of Chicago's fourth line of late. "They're accustomed to knowing that defensively we want them to be responsible. Offensively, there's something there, but their job description is to make sure you're not scored on," said the Blackhawks bench boss. "If you can break even against (No. 1) lines like that, it's a productive night for us." Kruger, Ben Smith and Brandon Bollig have been playing against the best lines of the opposition in recent games.
Marcus Kruger will get a look at No. 2 center | 01/09/2014 5:00 PM
NewsMarcus Kruger will probably get another opportunity on Chicago's second line.
ImpactHe will play between Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg. Kruger replaced Michal Handzus during the team's 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday and he's expected to start there again ahead of Saturday's match-up against Montreal. His fantasy value will increase substantially if he can stick on the second line, so it's a situation worth keeping an eye on.
Marcus Kruger is great at the faceoff circle | 12/25/2013 9:15 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger has excelled on the draw this season.
ImpactKruger has won 57.1% of his draws this season, which is good for 10th place in the NHL. That's a huge jump from his 2013 success rate of just 46.3%. "When I came over here [from Europe], it was a big difference from what I was used to," Kruger explained. "It takes a little time to adjust." He credited retired NHLer Yanic Perreault with helping him bolster this aspect of his game.
Marcus Kruger displays faceoff improvement | 12/02/2013 10:54 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger has made significant improvements on his faceoff work this year.
ImpactHe has won 169 of the 309 draws he's taken for a 54.7 winning percentage, which is up from the 46.2 success rate he had last season. Kruger has done his job as part of Chicago's fourth line with Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith. He is also a key member of the team's penalty kill. In 28 games, he has contributed 12 points.
Marcus Kruger has game-winning goal for Hawks | 11/24/2013 12:37 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger's third-period goal turned out to be the game winner in the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver Saturday night.
ImpactKruger's goal, his third of the season, came at 4:49 of the third period, only nine seconds after Andrew Shaw tied the game at 1-1 with his fifth goal of the season.
Chicago's penalty kill is suffering | 10/27/2013 9:32 AM
NewsMinnesota took a 1-0 lead versus Chicago thanks to a power-play goal en route to the Wild's 5-3 win Saturday.
ImpactIt was just the latest example of the Blackhawks' power-play struggles as they've only killed 72.2% of the opposition's power plays this season. That gives them the worst penalty kill in the league so far. "Our penalty kill isn't even close to where we want it. It's cost us points and cost us games," said Marcus Kruger. "We know what to do. We know the system. I don't know why it still happens and we don't do what we're supposed to do. I'm a big part of that. I don't know. Maybe get back to basics, I think." The loss of Michael Frolik, who they traded to the Winnipeg Jets, seems to have hurt them in that regard.
Marcus Kruger set to center Hawks' 2nd line | 10/26/2013 6:18 PM
NewsMarcus Kruger is slated to start Saturday's game between Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp on Chicago's second line.
ImpactMichal Handzus is out with an upper-body injury, so Kruger will get a shot on a scoring line. He has three assists after 10 games.
Marcus Kruger agrees to a two-year contract | 07/12/2013 6:40 PM
NewsMarcus Kruger has signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.
ImpactKruger had 13 points and 24 penalty minutes in 47 games last season. He figures to serve as a bottom-six forward in 2013-14.
Marcus Kruger 'very close' to re-signing | 07/12/2013 12:52 PM
NewsMarcus Kruger is "very close" to re-signing with the Chicago Blackhawks, according to GM Stan Bowman.
Tracey Myers on Twitter
Impact"We expect it to get done in the next couple of days," Bowman said. Based on what Kruger's agent said earlier, it will probably be a two-year deal. Kruger is a skilled penalty killer and a solid bottom-six forward.
Blackhawks, Marcus Kruger still in talks | 07/11/2013 10:20 PM
NewsMarcus Kruger and the Chicago Blackhawks remain locked in contract negotiations.
ImpactKruger is a restricted free agent. His agent, J.P. Barry, indicated that the two sides are interested in inking a two-year deal. Kruger had four goals and 13 points in 47 games last season.
Kruger gets QO, contract talks set to begin | 07/02/2013 2:01 PM
NewsMarcus Kruger received a qualifying offer and is expected to begin contract talks with the Blackhawks on Tuesday, according to Kruger's agent.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter
ImpactKruger would prefer a two-year contract after scoring four goals and 13 points in 47 games this season. The Swedish-born forward also registered three goals and two assists in Chicago's Stanley Cup run. Mostly a defensive forward, Kruger is unlikely to have much fantasy value next season.
Marcus Kruger nets first goal in over a month | 06/20/2013 9:39 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger scored a goal in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
ImpactIt was Kruger's third goal of the playoffs and his first in over a month. He's more of a defensive forward with Chicago and it wouldn't be shocking if this is the last point he gets in the 2013 playoffs. Still, it proved to be a key goal in Chicago's 6-5 overtime win.
Marcus Kruger a big man on the penalty kill | 06/09/2013 6:25 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger has been a big help on the penalty kill.
ImpactKruger has teamed up nicely with Michael Frolik on the second penalty kill as the Blackhawks are the best in the NHL during the penalty kill with a 94.8 efficiency rating in the playoffs and have given up only one goal on the road while shorthanded in 28 opportunities while giving up two goals at home in 30 chances. The Bruins will have to do a lot better than that on the power play in the Stanley Cup Final if they hope to bring the Cup home.
Marcus Kruger finds the back of the net | 05/16/2013 8:50 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger scored a goal in the Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
ImpactKruger has two goals and three points in his last two games. He's a bottom-six forward for the Blackhawks and isn't expected to consistently contribute from an offensive perspective.
Marcus Kruger nets game-winner Thursday | 05/10/2013 9:17 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal in Chicago's 5-1 victory Thursday night.
ImpactIt was also Kruger's first goal of the 2013 playoffs. Perhaps his biggest role with the Blackhawks is as one of their penalty killing leaders, but he will also provide them with some secondary scoring.
Penalty kill outstanding for the Blackhawks | 04/09/2013 7:08 AM
NewsThe Chicago Blackhawks are a perfect 17-for-17 on the penalty kill in their last nine games.
ImpactThe Blackhawks are fifth best in the NHL with an 85.6 percent efficiency after finishing 27th last season at 78.1 percent. A major reason for the improvement has been the play of Marcus Kruger as the 22-year-old has been terrific killing penalties. Kruger has now taken over the second line center job in the absence of Dave Bolland due to injury and has not looked out of place. He has only three goals and 12 points this season but has been one of the most valuable Blackhawks in the lineup.
Marcus Kruger still impressive on 4th line | 03/19/2013 7:21 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger continues to impress his everyone for his work centering the fourth line.
ImpactKruger saw some time on the second line last season but has now comfortably made the switch to the fourth line. "He gives us that work ethic that you like," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's got some quickness to his game. He's got a real good thought process as to where he is around the rink. As he gets a little bit more familiar with everything, it just increases his effectiveness." Kruger still has been able to put his offensive skills to use as he has three goals and 10 points this season.
Marcus Kruger impressing on the fourth line | 02/19/2013 7:42 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger has impressed the Chicago Blackhawks with his play on the fourth line.
ImpactKruger saw a lot of time as a top-six forward last season but the sophomore has done such a good job on the fourth unit, the Blackhawks may not want to move him up the depth chart. "He's fearless," captain Jonathan Toews said. "He's protecting the puck, he's playing against their top lines, he's killing penalties. He's doing everything right. He's focusing on all the little details. When you do that, you get breaks and things go in your favor." He is worth keeping an eye on if the Blackhawks think he deserves top six minutes.
Marcus Kruger gets goal, assist in win | 02/16/2013 12:11 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger notched a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Sharks on Friday night.
ImpactThe 22-year-old isn't at the point where he's really relevant in fantasy leagues, as he just has six points on the season. Niklas Hjalmarsson also had a two-point night witha goal and an assist. Andrew Shaw potted the other, his third of the season. Duncan Keith and Jamal Mayers had two helpers apiece.
Hawks coach on Kruger: He's been outstanding | 01/24/2013 9:39 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger's defensive abilities have impressed Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.
Impact"He's been outstanding," Quenneville said of Kruger. "There are a lot of guys I can say that about. But 'Krugs' has a purpose to his game. I like his thought process and that's helped his game as well." Kruger is serving as a bottom-six forward and probably won't do much offensively this season. Consequently, he's one of those guys that's far more valuable to his team than your fantasy squad.
Marcus Kruger settles into fourth line role | 01/22/2013 7:22 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger has settled in nicely as the Blackhawks fourth line pivot.
ImpactThe 22-year-old had some time last season on the second line and managed nine goals and 26 points in 71 games, but this season has seen him between Brandon Bollig and Michael Frolik. "My main focus is to try and get better every day," Kruger said. "I want to take another step and contribute even more than last year. I want to play that two-way game and maybe contribute more in the offensive zone." We can't recommend Kruger at this time as he will not get power play time, but the organization is quite pleased with him.
Marcus Kruger returns from a flu | 01/17/2013 10:35 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger (flu) skated with the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.
ImpactKruger missed two days during the illness. Unfortunately that accounts for a big chunk of training camp under the shortened schedule.
Marcus Kruger could return to ice Wednesday | 01/15/2013 4:20 PM
NewsMarcus Kruger (flu) is feeling better and could return to the ice Wednesday.
Brian Hedger on Twitter
ImpactThis year's flu season has been one of the worst in recent memory, sidelining players across every major sport for days on end. If Kruger returns Wednesday, it might take him a day or two to get back to full strength, but we expect him to be ready to play in Saturday's opener.
Marcus Kruger misses practice with flu | 01/15/2013 7:23 AM
NewsMarcus Kruger missed practice on Monday due to the flu.
ImpactThe flu is running rampant through the Chicago area so do not be surprised if other members of the Blackhawks come down with the ailment. Kruger may not be able to return Tuesday but hopefully will be well enough to start the opener on Saturday. He had 26 points in 71 NHL games last season and is expected to improve on that this season.
|Swe Jr.||Total||Swe Jr.||56||12||43||55||-||40||-||-||-||-||-||0.98|
|Goals||1||6 times-last:at LA||last:Feb 3||1|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Mar 6||1|
|Points||2||2 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Mar 6||2|
|Penalty Minutes||4||2 times-last:at NJ||last:Jan 3||2|
|Plus/Minus||3||2 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Mar 6||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||64 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Mar 6||0|
|Power Play Points||0||64 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Mar 6||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||64 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Mar 6||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||vs. Phi||Dec 11||0|
|Shots||4||3 times-last:at SJ||last:Feb 1||4|
|Penalty Minutes||24||2012-13 (Chi)|
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