Update: ‘Hawks lose penalty kill ace Kruger (wrist) for four months


The injury Marcus Kruger suffered in Edmonton on Thursday night is pretty severe.

Per CSN Chicago, Kruger underwent surgery today to repair a dislocated left wrist, an injury that will sideline him for the next four months.

It’s a pretty significant blow for the ‘Hawks.

Kruger’s by no means a scorer — he’s never eclipsed the 30-point plateau, and has just one in 33 games this year — but, at 25, he’s a veteran guy that’s won two Stanley Cups, and has been a constant fixture in the club’s oft-rotating bottom-six forward group.

Why? Because Kruger can kill penalties.

No Chicago forward averages more shorthanded time per game. In fact, only d-men Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson average more PK time on the club.

With Kruger out, the club has recalled former first-round pick Phillip Danault from AHL Rockford. Danault is likely to draw into the lineup and make his regular-season debut on Saturday in Buffalo.