Kruger and Pirri were considered bubble players with Pirri having the stronger camp of the two. He had two, two-goal performances in the preseason while Kruger had a quieter camp as he adjusts to the North American game.
Barring a contract dispute, making the team out of camp will be 18 year-old, second round pick Brandon Saad who shocked all observers with his stellar preseason. His contract needs to be completed by a Tuesday deadline.
The Hawks have to be down to a maximum of 23 players by Wednesday at 3 pm.