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Marcus Kruger | Center | #16

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 186
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 5 (149) / CHI
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Marcus Kruger celebrated his 26th birthday last Friday with a selection to Team Sweden for the upcoming World Cup.
He missed half of the season due to injury, but his two-way style has given him a spot on the roster. Kruger will join Chicago teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson on Sweden. May 30 - 11:11 AM

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Marcus Kruger has given Chicago's penalty kill a boost.

Following his return on Mar. 26, Chicago killed off 19 straight power plays from the opposition going into Saturday's regular-season finale. That streak ended on the Blue Jackets' second power play of the contest when they scored during a 4-on-3 advantage in overtime. Still, the Blackhawks feel good about their penalty kill going into the playoffs and they will need it to be strong in the playoffs against a St. Louis Blues team that ranked sixth on the power play during the year.
Apr 11 - 12:34 PM

Marcus Kruger played 13:38 in his return to the lineup on Saturday.

He played on a line with Andrew Shaw and Andrew Desjardins. Kruger had been out since Dec. 17 because of a wrist injury. He finished the game with no points, a plus-2 rating and three shots on goal. "I’ve been practicing for a long time and you’re always wondering how it’s going to be in a real game," Kruger said. "It was good to get that going today and obviously it was nice to get a win."
Mar 27 - 11:53 AM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) is expected to return on Saturday.

It will be Kruger's first game since Dec. 17. He has an assist in 33 games in 2015-16. Look for him to play alongside Andrew Shaw and Andrew Desjardins on the fourth unit.
Mar 25 - 4:10 PM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) may be back in the lineup on Saturday.

Coach Joel Quenneville said it is possible that Kruger will play for the first time since Dec. 17 when the Blackhawks visit Calgary this weekend.
Mar 22 - 1:17 PM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) is expected to return to action during Chicago's four game road trip.

The Blackhawks will out of town from Tuesday March 22nd, to Tuesday March 29th, and while it's not yet known which game is slated for his return - he will play per Coach Joel Quenneville. Through 33 games this season Kruger's posted one point with 20 PIMs, 23 hits, and 26 blocks as Chicago's primary defensive center.
Mar 20 - 2:04 PM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) took part in Sunday's practice.

It was his first session since he suffered a dislocated left wrist back on Dec. 17 against Edmonton. He still hasn't been cleared for contact, but he took some shots during the session and appears to be on track to return later this month. Coach Joel Quenneville said Kruger likely will not be ready play until Chicago's four-game road trip on March 26.
Mar 14 - 10:54 AM

Marcus Kruger could be back by the end of the month.

Head coach Joel Quenneville believes Kruger could be available at some point during Chicago's road trip through Calgary, Vancouver and Minnesota. The 25-year-old has been limited to just 33 games this season because of a left wrist injury. He hasn't played since Dec. 17.
Mar 13 - 1:41 PM

Marcus Kruger was a awarded a modified no-trade clause in his new three year pact with Chicago.

Kruger will be able to select seven teams he cannot be traded to with the clause. Which, we imagine, will include most teams that are far away from Stanley Cup contention.
Source: CapFriendly
Mar 8 - 8:53 PM

Marcus Kruger has agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks on a three-year, $9.25 million contract.

He has recorded just one assist in 33 games with Chicago this season and he hasn't played since Dec. 17 because of a dislocated wrist. Kruger is making substantially more than he made in his previous contract, which was a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
Mar 8 - 5:42 PM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) is ahead of schedule according to head coach Joel Quenneville.

Kruger was expected to miss the regular season with a return in the playoffs more likely. It seems as though that's changed. The Hawks are expecting their third line center to play a few regular season games before the start of the playoffs.
Mar 6 - 11:39 AM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) has been skating hard, but he isn't expected to return anytime soon.

"His legs are not the problem," coach Joel Quenneville said. Kruger may be ready to return for the playoffs, but he isn't expected to play in the regular season.
Feb 23 - 2:25 PM

If you're expecting Marcus Kruger (wrist) to return before the playoffs, then you're likely setting yourself up for disappointment.

The most recent update Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville gave indicated that Kruger is still expected to miss the rest of the 2015-16 campaign. Kruger has an assist in 33 games this season.
Feb 18 - 2:11 PM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) remains on track to return around the beginning of the playoffs.

Kruger shouldn't be counted on to play again in the regular season though, so if you're holding onto him in a single season league, you should reconsider. You'd have to be in a very deep league to have picked him up in the first place though as he has just an assist in 33 games this season.
Feb 3 - 3:28 PM

Don't expect Marcus Kruger (wrist) to return before the start of the postseason.

Kruger's original timetable suggested that he would return around mid-April at the earliest and that remains true. Kruger has an assist in 33 games this season.
Jan 20 - 5:37 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Artem Anisimov
3Marcus Kruger
4Nick Schmaltz
LW1Artemi Panarin
2Andrew Desjardins
3Brandon Mashinter
4Tyler Motte
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Richard Panik
4Ryan Hartman
5Jordin Tootoo
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Brian Campbell
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5Trevor van Riemsdyk
6Erik Gustafsson
7Michal Kempny
8Michal Rozsival
9Viktor Svedberg
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling