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ANDREJ NESTRASIL
Andrej Nestrasil
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’3” / 210 lbs.
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic
Acquired: Detroit’s third choice (75th overall) in the 2009 draft
CSS Ranking: 131st North American skater (2009)
Contract: 2014 via CapGeek.com
RWC Says: Skilled Forward

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2008-09 Top Prospects Game (Team Cherry)
  • 2008-09 IIHF world under-18 championship (Czech Republic top three player)

HISTORY
2007-08:
  • Played as a 16-year-old for Slavia at the Czech U-20 level.
  • Finished second in team scoring (40-12-16-28, plus-16).
  • Selected eighth overall in the CHL import draft by Victoriaville of the QMJHL.
2008-09
  • Made the jump to North America with Victoriaville of the QMJHL.
  • Placed second on his team and fourth among QMJHL rookies in scoring (66-22-35-57).
  • Dished out 89 hits, showing willingness to mix it up physically and go into traffic.
  • Also converted on 4-of-6 shootout attempts and was plus-2 with 157 shots.
  • Finished regular season on a hot streak (11-7-8-15).
  • Scored Team Cherry’s only goal in 6-1 loss to Team Orr in CHL Top Prospects Game.
  • Led his team in post-season scoring despite first-round loss (4-1-2-3).
  • Voted one of Czech Republic’s top three players at world under-18 (6-2-2-4, 29 shots).
  • Ranked as a first-rounder by the Red Wings heading into the 2009 draft.
  • Red Wings dealt 29th pick for 32nd and 75th picks and took Nestrasil at No. 75.
2009-10
  • Returned to QMJHL with Victoriaville and got off to good start.
  • Among the top 15 league scorers in the first half (31-12-25-37).
  • Tied for third in scoring with seventh-place Czech Republic at WJC (6-1-6-7, 17 shots).
  • Missed almost three weeks with a groin injury in January and February.
  • Victoriaville’s mid-season trades pushed Nestrasil down the depth chart.
  • Never really got back to his first-half form with just 11 points in final 14 games.
  • Production slipped further in playoffs (12-2-4-6) in semifinal showing.
  • Dealt to the P.E.I. Rocket in June as “delayed compensation” for an earlier blockbuster trade.
2010-11
  • Finished second in scoring for mid-pack P.E.I. (58-19-51-70).
  • Also had a plus-13 rating and 160 shots on goal.
  • Represented seventh-place Czech Republic at WJC (6-1-2-3, eight shots).
  • Averaged more than a point-per-game in a brief playoff showing (5-1-5-6).
  • Saved best for final 17 regular-season/playoff games (17-5-19-24).
  • Signed three-year entry-level contract with Red Wings just prior to June 1 deadline.
2011-12
  • Couldn’t stick at AHL level in two months with Grand Rapids at start of season.
  • Assigned to ECHL in November and spent four months with Toledo (51-7-22-29, minus-10, 88 shots).
  • Called back up to Grand Rapids in March and had just one point in final 14 games.
  • Final stats in Grand Rapids were underwhelming (25-3-1-4, minus-4, 24 shots).
2012-13
  • Started season in Toledo and split time between ECHL and AHL’s Grand Rapids.
  • Averaged point per game in Toledo, finishing fourth in team scoring (40-11-30-41, 113 SOG).
  • Plus-minus rating (plus-17) ranked second on Toledo.
  • Struggled to produce offensively in Grand Rapids (25-3-3-6, 28 SOG, plus-1).
  • Appeared in four playoff games in Toledo’s first-round exit (4-1-2-3, 17 SOG, minus-3).

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s willing to pay the price every shift and he’s ready to battle every shift. He’s a big body, he throws his body around, he never refuses physical contact and he’s always engaged … He’s not a guy you look at and say, ‘He’s going to be a third- or fourth-line guy in the NHL.’ He’s got more skill than that. If he keeps improving his skating, he could be a good offensive player in the NHL.” — Victoriaville Tigres head coach Yanick Jean (June 2009) … “He likes to take the puck to the net. He protects the puck well in the corners and he’s got the hands to do it. He’s got good size and he’s just a good hockey player.” — Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill (June 2009).

STRENGTHS
Excellent puck control, taking advantage of his ample size and strength … Especially good down low and along the boards … Willing to go into traffic and battle … Flashes good 1-on-1 moves and is used frequently in shootouts … More of a playmaker with impressive vision, particularly on the power play.

WEAKNESSES
Thinks pass-first and would benefit from putting more pucks on net and driving to the net … Needs to pick up his skating speed and one-step quickness a few strides to be an NHLer … Could ratchet his intensity up a notch or two to make more of an impact.

PROJECTION
Nestrasil has above-average size and good skills but has struggled to establish himself in two professional seasons. Entering the final year of his entry-level contract, Nestrasil will need to establish himself as an AHL regular in Grand Rapids in 2013-14 to stay in the picture.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2004-2005 HC Slavia Praha U18 Czech U18 3 0 1 1 2 |          
 2005-2006 HC Slavia Praha U18 Czech U18 41 6 12 18 18 |          
 2006-2007 HC Slavia Praha U18 Czech U18 43 24 37 61 75 | Playoffs 5 2 2 4
  Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 9 2 2 4 2 |          
 2007-2008 HC Slavia Praha U18 Czech U18 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1
  HC Slavia Praha U20 Czech U20 40 12 16 28 58 | Playoffs 5 1 2 3
  Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 11 7 3 10 14 |          
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 1 0 0 0 2 |          
 2008-2009 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 66 22 35 57 67 |          
  Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 6 2 2 4 6 |          
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 6 2 2 4 6 |          
 2009-2010 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 50 16 35 51 40 | Playoffs 16 2 4 6 10 
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 6 1 6 7 4 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 10 1 11 12 8 |          
 2010-2011 Prince Edward Island Rocket QMJHL 58 19 51 70 40 | Playoffs 5 1 5 6
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 6 1 2 3 2 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 9 2 3 5 16 |          
 2011-2012 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 3 1 4 6 |          
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 51 7 22 29 20 |          
 2012-2013 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 25 3 3 6 2 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 40 11 30 41 26 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3
 2013-2014 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 68 14 20 34 24 |          

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