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16 Marcus Kruger C
Height/Weight: 6-0/181 | Birthdate: 5/27/1990 | Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden | Team: Chicago Blackhawks | College: None | NHL Experience: 4 | Salary: $900,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/0
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4/12/2014

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Marcus Kruger

Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger Out Saturday

News: Marcus Kruger will not play in Saturday's game against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: The 'Hawks are merely resting a few players before the playoffs begin.

3/20/2014

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Marcus Kruger

Blackhawks' Kruger Finds Net

News: Marcus Kruger registered his seventh goal of the season in a 4-0 win over the Blues on Wednesday.
Analysis: It was the first goal for the 23-year-old since Feb. 3 against the Kings. Locked into a fourth-line center role for the Blackhawks most night, there are typically few opportunities for Marcus Kruger to pick up points.

3/6/2014

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Marcus Kruger

Two Helpers For Blackhawks' Kruger

News: Marcus Kruger picked up a pair of assists Thursday -- his first multi-point game since way back on Nov. 2.
Analysis: Offense isn't the name of Marcus Kruger's game, and it especially hadn't been lately -- he'd gone five straight games and eight of nine without a point prior to Thursday's action. Don't count on this to be the start of something, though at just 23 years old, Kruger still does possess some longer-term upside.

2/10/2014

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks' Kruger Heads Into Olympics On A Sour Note

News: Marcus Kruger, who will suit up for Sweden in the Winter Olympics, has provided one point in the Blackhawks' last six games.
Analysis: Since falling out of a bottom-six role in January, Marcus Kruger has seen his ice time, and consequently, his productivity, dry up. He was skating on Sweden's fourth line at Monday's practice, so any hope that he'll rediscover his scoring touch in the Olympics might be overly optimistic.

1/9/2014

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks Move Kruger To Second Line

News: Marcus Kruger will get a shot at centering the second line, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Marcus Kruger has had another solid season, and was recently named to the Swedish Olympic team. His play has earned him a shot at centering the second line between Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg. Kane has been one of the most productive players in the league this season, and should help Kruger increase his scoring as well. Keep a close eye on Kruger to see if he sticks on the second line after a few games.

11/24/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Kruger's Late Tally Carries Chicago Past Vancouver

News: Marcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal against Vancouver on Saturday. The tally came just nine seconds after the Blackhawks had tied the game in the third period.
Analysis: He's been around long enough that it's easy to forget that he's just 23. He's still developing as a scorer, but he does enough little things -- such as winning the majority of his face-off draws Saturday -- that he'll keep getting opportunities to play.

11/2/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Kruger Adds Two Helpers As Blackhawks Roll

News: Marcus Kruger contributed two assists in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Marcus Kruger finished the game with a plus-3 rating and also won 11 of his 15 faceoffs on the afternoon. The 23-year-old center has seen his ice time wane in recent games, but Saturday's performance may convince coach Joel Quenneville to give him more minutes.

10/11/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks Move Kruger From Center To Left Side

News: Marcus Kruger will be on the third line left wing for Friday night's game against Islanders after being moved from the fourth line center, Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Hawks coach Joel Quenneville is playing around with his bottom two lines that will have Joakim Nordstrom as fourth-line center. Marcus Kruger could get more scoring opportunities but it did not help that he won only 4-of-11 faceoffs in Wednesday night's loss in St. Louis.

7/12/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks' Kruger Inks Two-Year Deal With Club

News: Marcus Kruger agreed to a two-year deal on Friday with the Blackhawks, ESPN Chicago.com reports.
Analysis: There was no dollar figure reported. Marcus Kruger, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in the fifth round in the 2009 NHL draft and has appeared in 125 regular-season games for the Blackhawks in the past three seasons, is a restricted free agent. He was pivotal on the penalty-killing unit last season, that was one of the best in the NHL. He had four goals, nine assists and a plus-3 rating in 47 regular-season games last season and had three goals, two assists and a minus-2 rating in 23 playoff games.

7/12/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks' Kruger Expected To Re-Sign In Coming Days

News: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said Friday that he expects to re-sign Marcus Kruger in the next couple days, ESPNChicago.com reports.
Analysis: While admitting that the deal has taken longer to work out than other contracts, Bowman said that the two sides are "very close" and that "it hasn't been a difficult negotiation." The 23-year-old center was an important part of the team's third-ranked penalty-killing unit, and it sounds like just a matter of time before something gets done.

7/11/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks' Kruger Working On New Deal

News: Marcus Kruger is in negotiations for a new contract with the Blackhawks, Chicago ESPN reports.
Analysis: Marcus Kruger, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in the fifth round in the 2009 NHL draft and has appeared in 125 regular-season games for the Blackhawks in the past three seasons, is a restricted free agent. He was pivotal on the penalty-killing unit last season, that was one of the best in the NHL. He had four goals, nine assists and a plus-3 rating in 47 regular-season games last season and had three goals, two assists and a minus-2 rating in 23 playoff games.

4/6/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks' Kruger To Skate On Second Line Saturday

News: Marcus Kruger will start on the second line on Saturday with Dave Bolland still out of the lineup because of an upper-body injury, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is toying with the lines and has used recently acquired Michael Handzus at center. Quenneville, however, said that he might use Handzus at right wing. Marcus Kruger's numbers are down - especially in goals - compared to his rookie season. He has three goals and eight assists in 36 games this season. In 2011-12, Kruger compiled nine goals and 17 assists in 71 games.

2/16/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Kruger Sparks Chicago

News: Marcus Kruger notched a goal and an assist in Friday's win over San Jose, giving him two goals in the last three games.
Analysis: Marcus Kruger is not going to have many two-point evenings for the Blackhawks as he is primary used in a limited checking role.

1/15/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Blackhawks' Kruger Could Be Back In Full Wednesday

News: Marcus Kruger (illness) worked out off the ice Tuesday, but , could be back at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: It appears Marcus Kruger is gradually getting over the flu, making it likely he'll be able to get a few practices under his belt before Saturday's opener against the Kings.

1/14/2013

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Marcus Kruger

Blackhawks' Kruger Misses Practice With The Flu

News: Marcus Kruger sat out Monday's training camp session with a case of the flu.
Analysis: Provided Marcus Kruger's illness isn't more severe than a normal case of the flu, he should be ready to go for Saturday's season opener.

3/26/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Kruger Active Tuesday For Chicago

News: Marcus Kruger (concussion) will play against New Jersey on Tuesday, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.
Analysis: Marcus Kruger's concussion was evidently quite mild, as he missed only one game.

3/25/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks' Kruger: Suffering From Concussion

News: Marcus Kruger hinted that he left Wednesday's game against the Canucks because of a concussion and won't skate on Sunday, ESPNChicago reports.
Analysis: If that is the case, it would be the second concussion this season for Marcus Kruger. It appears though that it might be a mild concussion since he skated with the team on Saturday. "I didn't feel 100 percent so I got off the ice," Kruger said. "I'm feeling much better today (Saturday). It was good to be on the ice and have fun with the boys."

3/24/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Chicago's Kruger Out Sunday

News: Marcus Kruger (upper body) will not play against Nashville on Sunday, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.
Analysis: Marcus Kruger seems no worse than day-to-day, though, so he probably shouldn't be out much longer.

3/23/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Blackhawks' Kruger Misses Practice

News: Marcus Kruger (upper body) was not on the ice for Friday's practice, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports.
Analysis: Marcus Kruger left Wednesday's game during the first period. The team doesn't play again until Sunday, but Kruger will need to make it on the ice in some fashion before then if he hopes to play.

3/22/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks' Kruger Misses Wednesday's Game

News: Marcus Kruger left Wednesday's game late in the first period with an upper body injury, ESPN's Jesse Rogers reports.
Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville said Marcus Kruger will be re-evaluated on Thursday, but given the forward's past concussion issues, his status will be worth monitoring.

1/13/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Blackhawks Activate Kruger

News: The Blackhawks have activated Marcus Kruger (concussion) from IR, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: With the return of Marcus Kruger, who has three goals and seven assists in 34 games this season, the Hawks demoted Ben Smith to AHL Rockford. For now, Kruger is a marginal fantasy option, but at age 21, there is plenty of room for his game to grow.

1/12/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Chicago's Kruger Won't Play Thursday

News: Marcus Kruger (concussion) is getting closer but won't make the bell Thursday against the Wild, according to NBCChicago.com.
Analysis: Marcus Kruger is getting close to being cleared and ready for action after suffering a concussion December 20 in a game against the Penguins. With Patrick Sharp and Daniel Carcillo out for a while, his return will certainly help the Blackhawks fill out their forward lines.

1/9/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks' Kruger Nears Return

News: Marcus Kruger (concussion) said Monday that he hopes to be cleared to play in the next couple days, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: With 10 points in 34 games to date, Marcus Kruger has been a marginal fantasy center thus far, but his return would bolster the Hawks up front in the wake of Patrick Sharp's injury.

1/8/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Hawks' Kruger Skates; Not Cleared For Contact

News: Marcus Kruger (concussion) skated with his teammates Sunday, but won't play against Detroit on Sunday night as he has not been cleared for contact, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: It's progress, but it appears as though Marcus Kruger is still a few days away from game action.

1/5/2012

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Marcus Kruger

Blackhawks' Kruger Placed On IR

News: Marcus Kruger (concussion) was placed on IR on Wednesday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Marcus Kruger has missed the past three games and four of five after suffering a concussion on December 20 in a game against the Penguins. Kruger had been valuable in the second-line center spot for the Blackhawks.