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Summer Assignment 2014: Marcus Kruger

By Andrew Gregory

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Kruger Regular Season

Games: 81 Games

Goals: 8

Assists: 20

Points 28

Plus/Minus: 6

Hits: 22

Blocked Shots: 70

Marcus Kruger Postseason

Games: 19

Goals: 1

Assists: 3

Points: 4

Plus/Minus: -1

Hits: 8

Blocked Shots: 16

Contract Status: 1 year remaining on a 2 year deal with a cap hit of $1.3 million per season

2013 Over/Under Number: 13 goals and 20 assists

Season Review: Because he is still young, Marcus Kruger has yet to reach his full potential, and has yet to show me that he can be a threat offensively. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville loves the defense that he provides to the team as a forward. I believe that he will remain a mainstay in the Blackhawks lineup. Hopefully though, he can work on his offensive game. I expect him to get much better as he develops his skills.

His blocked shot numbers really impress me. It shows that he is a competitor who really wants to win.

With only one year left on his contract, he could end up being a trade piece in the offseason, unless his defensive prowess makes him too valuable.

I have to score him even, because although I am unsatisfied with his offensive abilities, his defense is an important part of this teams success.

Grade: C

What grade do you give Marcus Kruger?

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