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TOMAS JURCO
Tomas Jurco
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’1” / 200 lbs.
Birthdate: December 28, 1992
Hometown: Kosice, Slovakia
Acquired: Detroit’s first choice (35th overall) in the 2011 draft
CSS Ranking: 20th North American skater (2011)
Contract: 2015 via CapGeek.com
RWC Says: Skilled Winger

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2013-14 The Hockey News Future Watch (NHL’s 32nd-best prospect)

HISTORY
2008-09
  • Finished 29th in scoring in Slovakia’s U-20 league as a 16-year-old with HC Kosice (48-19-30-49).
  • Taken fourth overall by the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs in the CHL import draft.
2009-10
  • Put up solid numbers as a 17-year-old QMJHL rookie with Saint John (64-26-25-51).
  • Finished fifth in team scoring and also had plus-34 rating and 140 shots.
  • Enjoyed productive playoff run to QMJHL final (21-7-10-17, plus-8, 50 shots).
2010-11
  • Enjoyed slight offensive improvement as QMJHL sophomore with Saint John (60-31-25-56).
  • Also posted plus-46 rating and 176 shots in mostly a second-line role.
  • Represented Slovakia at IIHF world junior championship (6-1-0-1).
  • Helped Sea Dogs win a QMJHL championship with a great playoff run (19-6-12-18).
  • Saved his best for the Memorial Cup by leading Saint John to CHL championship (4-4-1-5).
  • Ranked as a consensus first-rounder for 2011 NHL draft and went 35th overall to the Red Wings.
2011-12
  • Appeared in one NHL pre-season game with Red Wings (no points, no shots, even plus-minus).
  • Returned to Saint John and finished fourth in team scoring (48-30-38-68, plus-46, 186 shots).
  • Pro-rated point production (96 points in 68 games) would placed third in QMJHL.
  • Helped carry Saint John’s offensive load with star Jonathan Huberdeau missing 31 games.
  • Plus-minus rating tied him for fourth in QMJHL behind three of his Sea Dogs teammates.
  • Led sixth-place Slovakia in scoring at WJC (5-1-7-8, plus-4, 16 shots).
  • Finished fourth in QMJHL playoff scoring behind three Sea Dogs teammates (16-13-16-29).
  • Helped Sea Dogs go 16-1 in post-season en route to second straight QMJHL President’s Cup.
  • Produced five points (two goals, three assists) in 8-0 championship-clinching win over Rimouski.
  • Produced two goals, one assist in four games as Sea Dogs lost in Memorial Cup semifinals.
2012-13
  • Cracked Grand Rapids lineup and started season as one of AHL’s 10 youngest players.
  • Started slowly during NHL lockout but found stride late (74-14-14-28, 119 shots, plus-6).
  • Enjoyed his most productive stretch over final 22 games (22-7-7-14).
  • Continued to shine in playoffs en route to Calder Cup triumph (24-8-6-14, 69 shots, plus-1).
  • Ranked third on team in playoff goals (8), second in shots (69) and sixth in scoring (14).
  • Finished regular season and playoffs on impressive run (46-15-13-28).
2013-14
  • Appeared in four NHL pre-season games (4-0-1-1, 11:39 ATOI).
  • Returned to Grand Rapids before opening day for his second AHL season.
  • Jumped out to the team lead in scoring through mid-December (26-11-16-27).
  • Recalled by Detroit on Dec. 15 and made his NHL debut.
  • Made big impression in seven games with Red Wings (7-2-1-3, even plus-minus, 12:56 ATOI).
  • Returned to Grand Rapids on Dec. 31 before being recalled for good on Jan. 16.
  • Finished AHL season seventh in team scoring (32-13-19-32, plus-10, 91 shots).
  • Finished NHL season on pace for 32 points (36-8-7-15, even, 77 shots, 13:27 ATOI).
  • Played most of second half on rookie line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar.
  • Helped Slovakia to 11th-place finish at 2014 Winter Olympics (4-1-0-1, eight shots, 14:09 ATOI).
  • Appeared in three of five NHL playoff games (3-0-0-0, minus-1, six shots, 12:51 ATOI).
  • Joined Grand Rapids midway through AHL first round after Detroit’s post-season elimination.
  • Finished third in team scoring (8-5-2-7, minus-5, 24 shots).

SCOUT COMMENTS
“We find he has a very quick stick in tight, in situations, in traffic. His poise under pressure, his ability to do things in tight areas and willingness to go into tight areas, and it really helps him do things at high speeds. He’s just got good upside. He’s got a good chance to be a top-six forward.” — Red Wings scout Mark Leach (June 2011) … “He’s a leader on a very good team, a top-six forward. He’s got high-end skill.” — Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill (May 2012, MLive.com) … “When you see some of the goals he’s scored, you say to yourself, ‘OK, this guy has a chance (to play in the NHL), because other people just can’t do that.” — Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill (March 2013) … “He’s got a chance to be a top-six forward in the NHL, and very few guys get that opportunity. What he has to do now is take his play and turn it into production on a consistent basis without sacrificing anything from his defense or team game. That’s the challenge of learning to be a go-to guy. Tomas Tatar learned it. Gustav Nyquist learned it. Now he’s going to learn it, and that’s going to be the next step.” — Blashill (griffinshockey.com, October 2013) … “Jurco was good. He’s big, fast and has some skill. I’d like him to (go to) the net but he did a lot of good things, got Alfie (Daniel Alfredsson) and Pav (Pavel Datsyuk) the puck. He’s a fairly high-end player.” — Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock (December 2013, Detroit News) … “Tomas is a high-end player in this league (the AHL), and he’s going to be a high-end player in the National Hockey League. He makes something happen out of nothing.” — Blashill (January 2014, MLive.com) … “He can really skate. He can shoot the puck. He’s got a good skill set. Now he’s just got to learn to do it every day and be heavy.” — Babcock (January 2014, Detroit Free Press).

STRENGTHS
Described by assistant GM Jim Nill as a “Marian Hossa-type player” in an MLive.com article in May 2012 … All the tools are here for a scoring-line winger to emerge … Boasts elite puckhandling ability that is made for highlight reels and has made him a popular search on YouTube … Amazing hand-eye coordination … On skill alone, was considered among top 10 in his draft year … Fast skater with good acceleration and carrying the puck doesn’t slow him down … Above-average size … With added strength and confidence in the pros, a new physical dimension has emerged … Willing to throw a hit and has the size and skating to make an impact … Smart offensive player with good hockey sense … Knows how to score and can scream in off the wing and beat a goalie with his hard, quick shot … An adept playmaker.

WEAKNESSES
Inconsistency and game-in, game-out intensity has been a concern for some scouts … A treat to watch from the blue line in when given time and space to operate, but needs to prove he can be just as effective under the duress of tight checking and physical play … Still learning how to win battles at the professional level and how to take proper care of the puck once he has it.

PROJECTION
Jurco’s rapid rate of development put him in a Red Wings jersey in 2013-14 before he had even turned 21. Already an elite AHLer, Jurco proved he has a bright future with his strong play in 36 games as an NHL rookie and with Slovakia the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Immensely talented and a future top-six winger, Jurco is skilled enough and mature enough to graduate to the Red Wings full-time in 2014-15. That said, he remains waiver exempt for one more season. Depending on Detroit’s summer moves, a return to the AHL — a la Gustav Nyquist — is possible to start the 2014-15 season.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 HC Kosice U18 Slovakia U18 57 28 24 52 30 |          
 2008-2009 HC Kosice U18 Slovakia U18 5 8 5 13 2 |          
  HC Kosice U20 Slovakia U20 48 19 30 49 20 | Playoffs 3 5 0 5
  Slovakia U18 WJC-18 6 2 3 5 2 |          
 2009-2010 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 64 26 25 51 24 | Playoffs 21 7 10 17
 2010-2011 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 60 31 25 56 17 | Playoffs 19 6 12 18
  Saint John Sea Dogs M-Cup 4 4 1 5 2 |          
  Slovakia U20 WJC-20 6 1 0 1 0 |          
 2011-2012 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 48 30 38 68 37 | Playoffs 16 13 16 29 12 
  Saint John Sea Dogs M-Cup 4 2 1 3 4 |          
  Slovakia U20 WJC-20 5 1 7 8 4 |          
 2012-2013 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 74 14 14 28 22 | Playoffs 24 8 6 14 21 
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 8 7 15 14 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 32 13 19 32 14 | Playoffs 8 5 2 7 11 
  Slovakia OG 4 1 0 1 2 |          
  Slovakia (all) International 4 1 0 1 2 |          
 2014-2015 Detroit Red Wings NHL - - - - - |          

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