Chicago Blackhawks: Top 3 Centers during the 2010s

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks
Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

2. Marcus Kruger

Marcus Kruger was the heart and soul of the Blackhawks penalty kill during the eight seasons he spent wearing a Blackhawks sweater. From 2011 to 2018, Kruger played in 472 games for the Blackhawks, where we scored 37 goals with 80 assists for 117 points.

There’s a lot of credit due towards Kruger, especially the way he played during some of those deep playoff runs. Kruger was never classified as a top-six forward, but the way he played and for how long he did it, he earned a spot on this list.

Kruger was very reliable and was trusted to be out there on the ice in high pressured situations.

What made Kruger a better player was the belief Joel Quenneville had in him. If Coach Quenneville believes in a player, that player gets the opportunities that they deserve.

Even though Kruger isn’t with the team anymore, he made his mark during those eight seasons. He currently is 29 years old, which is interesting. It’s interesting because I could see Stan Bowman bringing him back to Chicago before he retires.

Don’t be surprised if Kruger wears a Blackhawks’ uniform within the next three-to-five seasons. Bowman likes to bring back old players, Kruger is the perfect player to bring back.