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Marcus Kruger
Marcus Kruger
Center  - CHI
Number: 16
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 181
Shoots: Left
Born: May 27, 1990  (Age 24)
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Drafted: CHI / 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 5th (149th overall) PROSPECT BIO

Split the season between Chicago and the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs … Registered 13 points (4G, 9A) and a +3 plus/minus rating in 47 regular-season games with Chicago … Ranked 14th among league forwards, first among team forwards and second overall with 2:30 of average shorthanded ice time … Skated in a season-high 18:43 on Feb. 2 at CGY … Tied a career high with two points twice (Feb. 5, Feb. 15) … Netted the second game-winning goal of his career on Feb. 10 at NSH … Appeared in his 100th NHL game on March 3 at DET … Recorded a season-long three-game point streak (3A) from March 5-8 … Recorded a career-high five points (3G, 2A) in 23 playoff games en route to the 2013 Stanley Cup championship … Notched his first career playoff goal and multi-point game (1G, 1A), including the Western Conference Quarterfinals series-clinching game-winner, on May 9 vs. MIN … Ranked second on the club and seventh among league forwards with 3:07 of average shorthanded TOI … Collected 22 points (8G, 14A) in 34 regular-season games with Rockford in his AHL debut … Shared fifth on the club with eight goals and ranked fourth with 14 assists and second with five power-play goals at the time he was called up … Missed one game due to illness (Nov. 28).

2011-12: Established NHL career highs in nearly every statistical category, including goals (9), assists (17), points (26), hits (26), blocked shots (35), PIM (22) and SOG (89) in 71 regular-season tilts … Shared eighth among NHL freshmen with an NHL career-best +11 rating … Led Western Conference rookies and ranked fourth among league first-years with 284 faceoff wins … Posted a season-high 22:45 of ice time on March 13 vs. STL … Tallied the first GWG of his NHL career on Feb. 21 vs. DET … Posted the first multi-goal game of his NHL career and a season-high 6 SOG on Feb. 10 at SJS ... Collected a pair of assists for the first multi-point game of his NHL career on Feb. 2 at EDM … Netted the first goal of his NHL career on Oct. 29 vs. CBJ … Missed 10 games (Dec. 21; Dec. 28-Jan. 12; March 25) due to injury … Held scoreless in six appearances in the WCQF vs. PHX … Ranked second on the club and third among league rookies with a 51.0 faceoff winning percentage (min. 30 attempts) … Ranked fifth among NHL freshmen with 49 faceoffs taken … Recorded a career-high 24:22 TOI (regular and postseason) in Game 3 vs. PHX on April 17 … Shared seventh among league rookies with 13 SOG.

2010-11: Recorded 7 SOG and 4 PIM in seven regular-season tilts with Chicago in his North American debut … Made his Blackhawks debut on March 23 vs. FLA, registering 2 PIM, one shot and two hits in 11:37 of action … Collected one assist in five Western Conference Quarterfinals contests vs. VAN in his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut … Notched the first point of his NHL career (regular or postseason) with a helper in Game 5 on April 21 … Paced the Swedish Elite League’s Djurgardens IF Stockholm with 35 points (6G, 29A) in 50 regular-season contests … Shared the club lead with a +12 rating … Was the youngest forward to finish among the top 20 scorers in the SEL.

2009-10: Ranked second on Djurgardens IF with 31 points (11G, 20A) in 38 regular-season games … Registered 10 points (3G, 7A) in 16 playoff tilts … Selected as a finalist for the SEL Rookie of the Year award.

2008-09: Made his SEL debut with Djurgardens IF, registering two goals and two assists in 15 regular-season contests … Tallied 9 goals, 30 assists and a +21 rating with Djurgardens-Jr. in 34 regular-season games … Collected six points (1G, 5A) with Djurgardens-Jr. in six postseason contests.

2007-08: Posted 16 points (3G, 13A) in 22 regular-season games with Djurgardens-Jr. … Registered eight points (5G, 3A) in seven postseason appearances with Djurgardens-Jr. … Tallied 31 points (11G, 20A) in 22 regular-season appearances with Djurgardens U18 … Recorded 11 points (3G, 8A) in seven postseason contests with Djurgardens U18.

2006-07: Tallied 19 points (5G, 14A) in 23 regular-season appearances with Djurgardens U18 … Posted three points (2G, 1A) in three postseason contests with Djurgardens U18.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Represented Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship, tallying five points (3G, 2A) and a +3 rating in eight games played … Netted 2 GWG … Captured a silver medal and recorded three points (2G, 1A) and a team-high 10 PIM in nine games for Sweden at the 2011 World Championship … Earned a bronze medal with Team Sweden in the 2010 World Junior Championship … Ranked third on Sweden with six assists in six contests and seventh in the tournament with a +7 rating.