Dec 27, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) with the puck in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
For the time being Marcus Kruger is now the 2nd line center with Joel Quenneville changing up every line on Friday except for the top line at practice. Marcus Kruger was the 2nd line center during his rookie campaign with mixed results and he’s been a key member of the 4th line for two seasons which includes Penalty Kill responsibilities. Kruger has been an excellent role player for the Hawks but now his role is much bigger at least on a temporary basis on the second line with the biggest offensive gun Patrick Kane.
So the question leading into tonight is the Kruger move just a temporary move to get the troops motivated, or has Coach Q finally come to the realization that Michal Handzus is too slow to be mucking up Kane’s ice time on a nightly basis. The problem is either the players don’t have enough defensive responsibility or they aren’t good enough offensively to stick with Kane.
Kruger, Handzus, whomever really is just a stop gap until Teuvo Teravainen steps into the 2nd line center spot which could come as soon as the playoffs but more than likely at the start of next season, so no matter who is skating next to Kane is temporary help this year. The only problem is it’s really wasting a great season by Kane here in 2013-2014!
What do you think about Kruger’s promotion to 2nd line center?
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