Red Wings Central RSS

Nosek ready to ‘get a shot’ at NHL

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014, 6:17 p.m. under Miscellaneous
Tomas Nosek

Tomas Nosek (Credit: hcpce.cz)

The Detroit Red Wings don’t have a second-round pick in the NHL draft later this month because of the David Legwand trade, but the signing of Tomas Nosek should help lessen some of that sting.

The Red Wings inked the 21-year-old center/winger out of Pardubice of the Czech ExtraLiga, where he recently completed a breakthrough campaign with 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points in 52 games.

Nosek, who was an unrestricted free agent after being passed over four straight times in the NHL draft, ranked ninth in ExtraLiga scoring and was courted by a half-dozen other NHL teams. The Red Wings project him as a solid two-way NHL forward.

“He’s versatile, he can play center, wing, top six, bottom six, whatever the need is,” said Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer. “He kills penalties, takes faceoffs, plays on the power play. He’s a guy who fits in with teammates on all lines and that’s exciting.”

The 6-foot-2 201-pounder battled a variety of injuries over the years that prevented him from catching the eye of scouts, although he did captain the 2012 Czech Republic entry at the IIHF world junior championship — with Fischer as his assistant coach.

Fischer said Detroit’s Finnish scout, Ari Vuori, and Czech scout, Vladimir Havluj, took note of Nosek’s rapid development over the past year and a half and made sure to keep a close eye on him this season. His point total skyrocketed from 14 to 44 as he seized a prime-time role with Pardubice.

“He led his team in every situation, from PK to PP, five-on-five,” Fischer said. “He’s strong on the puck, he’s a very good playmaker, very smart. He’s good defensively and he doesn’t cheat or cut corners. He’s a distributor of the puck, he can hold onto it down low, but he can also make good plays in traffic. Puck skills are very good.”

Fischer said Nosek will need to continue working on his skating and shot release to have success at the NHL level, in addition to overcoming the usual obstacles of transitioning from Europe to North America. But Nosek’s projection is that of a player in high demand in the NHL these days.

“I hope he’s going to be a strong two-way center that can play against top opposition and handle the big forwards on other teams and take faceoffs in key moments and help on the PP,” Fischer said.

What really impressed the Red Wings was Nosek’s strong play at the international level. Although he was one of the Czech Republic’s final cuts for its IIHF world championship squad, he did play exhibition games on the national team at Christmastime and again in the spring.

His mature, two-way play and ability to handle the pace at that level are indications Nosek will be in the mix for whatever forward jobs are available at training camp in the fall.

“He’s certainly going to get an opportunity — he’s going to be in the mix depending on what the next couple of weeks and free agency bring,” Fischer said. “How he adjusts on the smaller ice, the speed going both ways … that’s to be determined. But I do expect and I really believe he’s going to come in ready and get a shot. We’ll see what the coaching staff and Mike Babcock think.”

ARTICLE TAGS:

46 Comments
  1. […] Nosek also played on the Czech Republic’s national junior team in 2012, on which Jiri Fischer, Detroit’s director of player development, was an assistant coach. Fischer told Red Wings Central: […]



CapGeek.com Quick Launch

» Cap Chart » Reserve List » Depth Chart



  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Media Watch

    Detroit Red Wings' determination near ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 11:38 pm
    Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader were the key players in the final three minutes ... More »

    Red Wings 4, Penguins 3 (OT): Detroit ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 10:18 pm
    Abdelkader scored his third goal of the season with 43.5 seconds remaining in overtime.… ... More »

    Second-period analysis: Penguins 3, Re ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 9:13 pm
    The Red Wings controlled the play for much of the period only to see Pittsburgh score the only goal… ... More »

    First-period analysis: Penguins 2, Red ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 8:20 pm
    The Penguins had nine straight shots on goal at one point in the first despite playing Wednesday night at home vs. Phila ... More »

    Live updates: Detroit Red Wings vs. Pi ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 6:30 pm
    The Red Wings should be rested after getting the day off Wednesday, when Pittsburgh lost 5-3 at home to Philadelphia.&he ... More »

    Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Jurco, Tomas ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 5:01 pm
    The young Slovakian forwards have combined for only one goal and one assist through six games.… ... More »

    Detroit Red Wings Gameday: Sidney Cros ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 3:03 pm
    Pittsburgh's power play is scoring 42 percent of the time this season but the Red Wings have killed all 18 of their ... More »

    Red Wings hosting Hockey Fights Cancer ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 2:49 pm
    Several activities are planned for tonight's game in an effort to raise awareness for the fight against cancer.&hel ... More »

    Red Wings' perfect penalty kill pitted ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 1:02 pm
    The Red Wings haven't allowed a power-play goal in six games. The Penguins have scored eight PPGs in five games.&he ... More »

    Red Wings lineup vs. Penguins: Gustav ...
    www.mlive.com | Yesterday 11:59 am
    Tomas Jurco skates on top power-play unit, where he hopes to help with puck retrievals.… ... More »