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Young Blackhawks prospects struggle to put puck in net for IceHogs

Marcus Kruger was the only player to find the back of the net for the Rockford Icehogs on Saturday in a loss.

Bruce Bennett

Chicago Blackhawks prospect Marcus Kruger was the only Rockford IceHogs player to find the back of the net, despite the team having 36 shots on goal in a Saturday loss at home, according to CSN Chicago.

Rockford fell to 0-3-0-1 with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday, scoring first on Kruger's shot with 14:20 left in the first period. It was Kruger's second goal on the year and was assisted by Nick Leddy.

The IceHogs have struggled to score early in the season, tallying five goals in four games. Jeremy Morin has two of the goals and Peter LeBlanc makes up for the one other goal.

Kruger, a 22-year-old, scored nine goals for the Blackhawks in 2011-12 to go with 17 assists. Leddy, 21, is another one of Chicago's prospects who scored three goals with 34 assists last year for Chicago.

Other young Chicago prospects that play for Rockford include Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith and Brandon Saad.