– It was an odd move, to say the least, when the Chicago Blackhawks
added 20-year old Swedish rookie center Marcus Kruger
for the final stretch of the regular season.
Yes, the defending Stanley Cup champions have a rookie starting goalie in Corey Crawford
. Yes, they also have a 19-year old rookie defenseman in Nick Leddy
. And, yes, earlier this season they even had 19-year old rookie forward Jeremy Morin
taking shifts on the second line.
Chicago also hasn't been shy from calling up young players as needed from Rockford of the American Hockey league. But even by those standards, the addition of Kruger was out of the ordinary – coming from Djurgardens of the Swedish Elite League straight to Chicago's third line.