Marcus Kruger

Marcus Kruger To Make Preseason Debut

With his new contract signed and visa issues in the past, Marcus Kruger is expected to make his preseason debut in St. Louis on Thursday night.

Kruger will lead a Hawks roster loaded with players still fighting for the remaining roster spots. Veterans Andrew Desjardins, Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw will be joined by Marko Dano, Viktor Tikhonov, Dennis Rasmussen, Garret Ross, Vince Hinostroza, Kyle Baun and Ryan Hartman up front.

Brandon Mashinter and Ville Pokka, recalled earlier on Thursday from Rockford, will also dress.

Pokka will skate with fellow defensemen Trevor Daley, Trevor vanRiemsdyk, David Rundblad, Viktor Svedberg and Erik Gustafsson.

Scott Darling is expected to play the entire game; Michael Leighton will serve as backup.

17 thoughts on “Marcus Kruger To Make Preseason Debut

  1. Game doesn’t mean anything but should be fun to watch. Interested in seeing the on the fence guys like Baun, Ross, Svedberg, Tikhonov, Vinny, Hartman, and so on.

    Stands to reason the Saturday Dallas game at home will be mostly regulars, I’d imagine Quenneville will want them to get a game all together before it starts for real.

  2. Very glad Hawks left 90% of their cap at home. This game had “injury” written all over it given the Blues & Hitchcock.

    Also glad Dano is playing. His situation is very similar to Saad’s three years ago when Carcillo started the first game and then got hurt allowing Saad a chance to play. Same age, same potential, same question marks. He will be watched very closely tonite as he is the biggest name forward out there. If he has an invisible night it might be Rockford to start the year. A good night might mean a first line with Toews/Hossa – just like the opportunity Saad had at the time.

    Personally, I would love a Pokka/Seabrook pairing to start the year. (yes it’s risky but no more so than Leddy 4 years ago. In that year, at age 20 – playing mostly with Seabrook, Leddy had 53% Corsi, 37 points and accelerated his development tremendously.) I believe Pokka could do the same.

    Then pair Hjalmarsson with Gustafsson or van Riemsdyk and let Keith/Daley have all the offensive zone starts they can get. Balanced minutes, development of a youngster, etc. At end of games you can always pair the vets for stability.

    Sorry for the long post.

  3. Red Top Parking:

    “Brokerwayne, you have an uncontested right to your opinion, and I’m certain you’re not alone. As the Kane saga mopes along, people are defining their perspectives towards him for the future. It seems he will avoid serious trouble over this and stay on the ice (possibility that could still change, but I doubt it). So what do we do with Patrick Kane going forward? Well, BrokerW knows what he wants to do, loud and clear. Most of the rest, probably not so sure yet.

    I look to Kane to score goals for our team, to worry our opponents, and to make the fans rise out of their seats when he does something spectacular in the game. That’s all I expect from him. Sure, I don’t want him to embarrass the club, I don’t want him to harm anyone, and I don’t want to see him harm himself. But the downside of our pro-athlete culture is that we tend to look at these guys for a reading of the moral compass. Disappointments will continue with that.”

    Interesting perspective RTP. I guess one of the reasons that I feel the way I do is because I have a couple of decades clean in a recovery program. I have sponsored numerous 20/30+ year old addicts who were attempting to stay clean and to recover. It’s a tough road for those in that age group. Young people tend to feel invulnerable. You throw in the mix someone who has the persona of Patrick Kane, and the % of no further issues surfacing in his/her life, unless certain behaviors cease, is very small. I see a train wreck happening if nothing is done to prevent it. Maybe those who believe that he is not responsible for any of this are correct and I am not. Having seen as much as I have, I just wouldn’t and couldn’t take that stance. Thanks!

  4. re: hawkfacts blue line – right now, the guys they have signed to NHL deals are: Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, TvR, Daley, Rozsival, Rundblad. That’s 7 guys for 6 spots. Assuming Rozsival is your 7th dman (potentially on IR to start the year), you’re then looking for someone to rotate w/ Rundblad. I like the idea of TvR w/ Hjalmarsson, but personally think it’s more likely we see Keith-Hjalmarsson and Seabrook-Daley to open the season. TvR will get a heavier workload (16-18 min/gm) than Rundblad (i’m hoping for no more than 10-12 per night).

    All of that to say: is Pokka’s development better served skating 10-12 per night w/ the Hawks or 17-20 w/ Rockford? And if he’s in Chicago, what to do w/ Gustafsson? I would rather Pokka continue skating heavier minutes into the season w/ the Hogs and the older Gustafsson get some run in Chicago, but that’s my opinion.

  5. Tab: Don’t dispute those numbers (and undoubtedly the top 4 guys will be paired for the playoffs) but I contend that Pokka would be better served skating 20 minutes up here a night than percolating with the Hogs. Leddy skated 22 minutes/night at age 20. Seabrook is a very efficient mentor, If, If, If you think Pokka is the real deal, get him up here now.

    It may be just my bias, but Rockford has not developed a quality defenseman in the last 7 years. (See Olsen, Stanton, Clendening, Dahlbeck, etc.)

    Last question to you – would you rather have Rundblad or Pokka up here right now? Because the Hawks can dump Rundblad if they have to.


  6. Makes sense to me Tab, … I know Rozsival is the token vet, but what are his chances to make the team? I know there is a premium on experience D’men, but would you agree that his best days are in the review mirror?

  7. Re: Rundblad – Everything that I see continues to reinforce that Stan B. is a big believer in the guy, starting with trading a 2nd round pick, signing him to a two year extension as well as multiple public comments. I would be surprised if he isn’t given a shot at playing a larger role than he did last year. I don’t know how it pans out but I believe he has more upside potential than TVR. I’ll now put my flack jacket on.

  8. re: hawkfacts – let’s not throw around numbers without context. Nick Leddy skated 22 minutes per game to open his rookie season because Brian Campbell was injured. He went back to Rockford for additional seasoning & was on the IceHogs charter back & forth the rest of that season…

    re: “would you rather have Rundblad or Pokka up here right now?” – that’s a question asked from a vacuum. Rundblad has an NHL contract; Pokka can – and probably should – get more seasoning in the AHL. Do I like Rundblad? No. I would rather he be gone & Gustafsson get some run there. But the fact remains that Rundblad is here and has a contract – thereby giving him a roster spot until a trade takes it away.

  9. Pokka is not a good match with Seabrook because they both play the right side and are both right hand shots. Barring injury, Pokka will be in Rockford because the front office wants him to work on conditioning for a long season and more nuances of the pro game. His time will arrive, but it’s not now.

  10. Has anyone actually seen Panarin? Does he really exist? I was excited to actually see him in a preseason game in a Hawks sweater and he is not playing again? I am assuming he is still hurt? Any word on his status???

  11. The organization is reportedly ‘very happy’ w/ what Panarin brings to the table and he’s supposedly going to be good to go for the Opener, but he is still working his way thru an upper body issue that has kept him out of preseason action.

  12. Until the Hawks are in the playoffs it really doesn’t matter with Runblad, the Hawks showed all of us 4 months ago that they will play4 defenseman if they need to.

    The 4th guy is Rosy at 37 which will likely be an issue, unless someone else steps up or Stan makes a move.

    Both Runblad and Daley are not perfect but both have looked fine so far.

  13. sorry Tab but you got your numbers wrong – Leddy played all 82 games when he was 20 and shuttled when he was 19 the year before (played 46 games that year)

    I don’t throw numbers around

  14. In 2010-11, the season in which Nick Leddy turned 20, he played 14 games before the All-Star Break (13:50 ATOI) and 32 after (14:32 ATOI).
    In 2011-12, the following year, Leddy averaged 22 min/gm in the wake of the Brian Campbell trade. The Hawks didn’t add Johnny Oduya until the deadline; Oduya average better than 24 min/gm in 13 contests after he was acquired.
    In 2012-13 Leddy averaged 17:25.
    In 2013-14 Leddy averaged 16:22.

  15. Southside, “The 4th guy is Rosy at 37…” — the 4th guy is Trevor Daley, unless injuries change this. Rozsival with pair with van Riemsdyk or Rundblad (unless injuries or trades change this)?

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