According to the Hurricanes,German defenseman Justin Krueger has been signed to a one-year, entry level contract.
Krueger was a teammate of current Charlotte Checker Riley Nash at Cornell. He was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2006, and played in the Swiss elite league last season in his first professional year of his career. He’s a big, defensive-minded defenseman, weighing in at 205 pounds and 6’2″ on the height charts.
Krueger played for Germany last year at the 2010 IIHF World Championships, and is expected to again play for Germany this year when the tournament goes to Slovakia in May.
Krueger is the second European defenseman to be signed in the past few weeks, joining Finnish defenseman Rasmus Rissanen who played his first game last weekend in Charlotte.
While Krueger is not eligible to play in the AHL this year due to the clear day rules and lists, I’d expect him to be in Charlotte next season.
Speaking of European players, and food… has anyone checked out Valhalla Pub and Eatery? It’s on Church Street, between Martin Luther King Jr. and 3rd Street. It’s a pretty fantastic place, specializing in Vikings and Scandinavian fare. I wonder if our resident Finns know there’s something fantastically Scandinavian so close to our downtown arena. The food is outstanding, and the beer is too! I recommend it before or after Checkers games!