A fifth-round draft pick in 2009, the 25-year-old Swede has developed into a valuable bottom-six forward for the ‘Hawks.
From the club’s press release:
The two-time Stanley Cup champion recorded 17 points (7G, 10A) in 81 games with the Blackhawks last season en route to the 2015 Stanley Cup championship. He added four points (2G, 2A) over 23 postseason games, including a triple-overtime tally in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks. Kruger led team forwards with 180:01 of shorthanded time on ice in the regular season and ranked second with a 53.3 faceoff win percentage.
Kruger is currently on injured reserve after dislocating his left wrist in December. The hope is he’ll be back for the playoffs, if not sooner.
Kruger signed a one-year deal with the ‘Hawks in September. He can now become an unrestricted free agent when his new contract expires after the 2018-19 season.