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MAREK TVRDON
Marek Tvrdon
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’2” / 217 lbs.
Birthdate: January 31, 1993
Hometown: Nitra, Slovakia
Acquired: Detroit’s fifth choice (115th overall) in the 2011 draft
CSS Ranking: Not Ranked
Contract: 2016 via CapGeek.com
RWC Says: Power Winger

STORIES

AWARDS
None Listed

HISTORY
2009-10
  • Finished 19th in Slovakia’s U-20 league scoring race as a 16-year-old with HK Nitra (45-25-31-56).
  • Productive tournament for Slovakia at world U-18 championship (6-3-1-4).
  • Selected 13th overall by the WHL’s Vancouver Giants in the 2010 CHL import draft.
2010-11
  • Enjoyed great start to WHL rookie season with Vancouver (12-6-5-11).
  • Suffered serious shoulder injury in his 12th game and required season-ending surgery.
  • Selected in the fourth round (115th overall) by the Red Wings in the 2011 draft.
2011-12
  • Healthy for the start of training camp, returned to WHL for first full season with Vancouver.
  • Finished second on Vancouver and placed in WHL’s top 30 scorers (60-31-43-74, plus-1).
  • Was particularly productive down the stretch, with 17 goals in final 27 games and 13 in final 17.
  • Helped Slovakia to sixth-place finish at mid-season WJC (6-3-1-4, minus-4, 18 shots).
  • Suspended three games by WHL in February for a spearing incident.
  • Finished fourth on team in playoff scoring in first-round exit (6-3-3-6, minus-4).
  • Signed three-year entry-level contract with Detroit in July 2012.
2012-13
  • Returned to Vancouver for third WHL season and got off to good start (18-8-14-22, plus-2).
  • Suffered arm infection in early November and missed rest of season.
  • Joined AHL’s Grand Rapids late in season but did not appear in any games.
2013-14
  • Couldn’t crack AHL roster in Grand Rapids and assigned to ECHL Toledo.
  • Struggled to produce through early January (22-9-4-13, minus-8, 59 shots).
  • Reported to WHL after Kelowna acquired his rights from Vancouver in a trade.
  • Finished season with first-place Kelowna (29-11-16-27, plus-8).
  • Finished fifth in team playoff scoring as Kelowna lost in WHL semifinal (14-5-3-8-13, even).

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He jumped right out at me with his size, his skating and his skill. He’s a really good skater. He’s a similar player to (second-round pick and fellow Slovak) Tomas Jurco, to be honest. He’s really skilled and he’s a very good skater for his size.” — Red Wings scout Jeff Finley (June 2011) … “He knew that Detroit (director of player development Jiri Fischer) was there (for a four-point game on Oct. 21, 2011) and that was a big part of (his strong play). He has to do it every night — not just when Detroit is here. Was it a breakout game? I want to know why he can’t play like that every game. If he can do it once, he should be able to do it again and again. That’s what we want from him.” — Vancouver Giants head coach Don Hay (October 2011, Vancouver Province) … “Tvrdon showed some stuff I like — he’s a big body and he has a good feel for the game — but looks like his intensity has to come up a bit.” — Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson (January 2012).

STRENGTHS
Excellent skater, especially for a player with his large frame … High skill level that has allowed him to produce at every level thus far … Can dominate at the junior level with his combination of size and ability … Projects as a point-producing winger who could develop a power game with time and maturity.

WEAKNESSES
Has more than enough talent to dominate games, but doesn’t do so consistently … Streaky scorer … Doesn’t play with enough intensity on a nightly basis … Not a bruiser despite having the skating ability and size to make a more significant impact … Frequently injured.

PROJECTION
Injuries hampered Tvrdon’s development as a junior, missing 114 of 144 games from 2010-11 to 2012-13. Although he has power-forward size and impressive skills, his lack of intensity and consistency have prevented him from emerging as a top prospect. He’ll take another stab at the pros in 2014-15, where he needs to establish himself as an AHL regular in Grand Rapids.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 HC Nitra U18 Slovakia U18 20 5 4 9 10 |          
 2008-2009 HC Nitra U18 Slovakia U18 58 50 33 83 113 |          
  HC Nitra U20 Slovakia U20 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2009-2010 HC Nitra U20 Slovakia U20 45 25 31 56 90 |          
  HK Nitra Slovakia 6 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Slovakia U18 WJC-18 6 3 1 4 4 |          
 2010-2011 Vancouver Giants WHL 12 6 5 11 14 |          
 2011-2012 Vancouver Giants WHL 60 31 43 74 62 | Playoffs 6 3 3 6
  Slovakia U20 WJC-20 6 3 1 4 14 |          
 2012-2013 Vancouver Giants WHL 18 8 14 22 16 |          
 2013-2014 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Toledo Walleye ECHL 22 9 4 13 6 |          
  Kelowna Rockets WHL 29 11 16 27 24 | Playoffs 14 5 8 13 14 
 2014-2015 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL - - - - - |          

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