Justin Krueger
Image: Cornell University

Justin Krueger

Hometown:

Davos Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-10-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2006

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (213th overall), 2006

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2003-04: Justin Krueger had 2 assists and 14 PIM in 33 games for Davos in the Swiss Junior League. He represented Germany in the WJC U18 Division 1 B tournament in Italy. Krueger had 1 assist in 5 games as Germany won all five of its games.

2004-05: Krueger played for Davos in the Swiss Junior League. In 38 games, the defenseman recorded 17 points (five goals, 12 assists).

2005-06: Krueger joined the Penticton Vees of the BCHL where in 55 games he scored 7 goals with 15 assist and 25 PIM. Krueger was named the Vees Best Conditioned Athlete. Krueger was an assistant captain for Team Germany at the WJC U-20 Division 1 A tournament in Slovenia. He played all five games with 1 assist and finished +3 as Germany allowed just two goals and had three shutouts in winning the tournament. Krueger was also awarded a Player of the Game award. Krueger committed to playing at Cornell University in 2006-07.

2006-07: Krueger enjoyed an outstanding rookie campaign at Cornell University in the ECACHL, becoming a mainstay on the Big Red’s blueline and providing stability in virtually all situations. He scored 1 goal with 5 assists in 31 games for the Big Red. Krueger scored his first collegiate goal on January 6th versus Sacred Heart.

2007-08: Krueger was again a steady force on the blueline in his second season at Cornell. Krueger scored 4 goals, two on the power play, with 5 assists and 33 PIM in 35 games, missing one game due to a suspension for a skirmish at the end of a Cornell win over Dartmouth. Cornell finished tied for fourth in the regular season and ended the season with 19-14-3 after defeating Colgate in the ECACHL tournament Third Place game.

2008-09: Cornell was one of the top defensive teams in the country and while goalie Ben Scrivens (TOR) gained much of the acclaim a good deal of the credit belongs to Krueger and some of the other defensemen who made his task a bit easier. Krueger missed a few games due to injury but had 1 goal with 4 assists and 24 PIM and was -3 in 35 for Cornell. Cornell finished second in the ECHL regular season and qualified for the NCAA tournament. After an epic double OT win over Princeton in the ECACHL semifinals, the Big Red fell to Yale in the conference championship game. In the NCAA tournament, Cornell defeated Northeastern but were denied a trip to the Frozen Four by upstart Bemidji State in the Midwest Regional final.

2009-10: Krueger finished his college career in fine fashion as Cornell spent time in the Top 10 nationally and captured the ECHL playoff championship. In addition to providing the steady defense and outstanding penalty killing that often drew praise from Big Red coach Mike Schafer, Krueger contributed to the Big Red on the offensive end; scoring 1 goal with 9 assists and was a career-best +17. Cornell's defense was at it's best in the ECACHL tournament, allowing just one goal with three shutouts in four games, including a 3-0 win over Union in the championship game. For his efforts, Krueger was named the league's Best Defensive Defenseman. Following a loss to New Hampshire in the NCAA tournament which ended Cornell's season, Krueger concluded the year in impressive fashion, as he was selected for the German national team that was hosting the World Championships. Germany surprised most "experts" by reaching the medal round and finishing fourth. Krueger played in all nine games for Germany, assisting on one goal, and was -2 for the tournament.

2010-11: Krueger spent his first pro season with SC Bern in the Swiss national league. In 50 games he scored 1 goal with 11 assists and was +6 with 61 PMs. In 11 playoff games, he had two assists and was an even plus/minus with 8 PMs. Krueger skated for Germany at the 2011 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia and had 1 assist with a -5 plus/minus and 8 PMs in seven games. Krueger signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes in April, 2011.

2011-12: Krueger returned to North America after spending the previous season in Switzerland; skating for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte. Despite missing time during the year due to an "upper-body injury", he had the teams top plus-minus (plus-16) and scored 2 goals with 11 assists and 36 penalty minutes in 58 games. Charlotte finished third in the Midwest Division; one point out of an AHL playoff spot. Krueger also represented Germany in the 2012 IIHF World Championship for the third year; scoring 1 goal and finishing minus-five in seven games. Krueger was re-signed by the Hurricanes to a one-year deal in June, 2012.

 

Talent Analysis

Krueger is a tall, lanky two-way defenseman. Like most Cornell defensemen in recent years, he possesses a great combination of size and mobility. Krueger utilizes his 6’2 frame and long reach quite advantageously. He plays a relatively simple game but is effective. He has good poise with the puck with nice passing and outlet skills. Krueger’s skating combines power with speed. Krueger has a good, heavy shot and gets pucks to the net. He competes and works hard. While Krueger isn’t shy about getting involved in the physical side of the game, he could use some work on his back checking. He has also demonstrated a willingness to jump up and join the play. Krueger’s will need more strength and physical development to be successful at the pro level. The son of Hurricanes European scout and Switzerland national team coach Ralph Krueger, he has an astute understanding of the game and is particularly adept at defensive postioning. Krueger has a big enough frame to grow into an NHL-sized blueliner.

 

Future

Krueger will play in his second season with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers in 2012-13.

 

2012 World Championship: Justin Krueger, Germany

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Justin Krueger is taking part in his third Men's World Championship tournament with the German squad (courtesy of Jamie Kellner/HF)

 

 

 

A 2006 draftee of the Carolina Hurricanes, restricted free agent Justin Krueger just completed his first full year in the AHL after 4 years at Cornell and a season in the Swiss NLA. The 6’3”, 205-pound defensive defenseman put up mild offensive totals, but did manage to collect a plus 16 rating in 58 games while playing for the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

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