Kruger, 23, was a restricted free agent following the 2012-13 season when he recorded 13 points (4G, 9A) in the 47 game regular season. The 6-0, 181-pound forward was instrumental in the Hawks’ league leading penalty-kill unit, which he led all Hawks forwards with the most shorthanded ice time of two minutes, 30 seconds per game.
The Stockholm native added five points (3G, 2A) during the hawks’ 23-game postseason run. Kruger has earned a total of 39 points (13G, 26A) in 125 contest with the Hawks since he began play in 2010.
Kruger was originally selected in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Hawks, previously he played for Djurgardens IF Stockholm in the Swedish League.