Jurco

 

Tomas Jurco, RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 193

Born: 1992-12-28

Hometown: Kosice, Slovakia

Drafted: 2011 by Detroit Red Wings, 35th Overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

October 2014- Tomas Jurco was one of many youngsters who stepped in admirably during the 2014 season while the Wings were decimated by injuries. It was during this trial that Jurco and the kids opened the eyes to Coach Babcock and management that they may have something good here, real good. It has led them to opening the 2015 season with one of the youngest opening rosters they have fielded in years with one of those players being the former second rounder, Jurco.

Babcock routinely sings his praise and has elevated the young Slovak to top PP duty with the likes of Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Helm. For a typical vet heavy team that's a big deal and a clear indication that there is a changing of the guard in Detroit. They are going to let the kids play if they are the best option to help the team win. This bodes well for Detroit's future as well as the short-term as the Wings are off to a 4-1-2 start good enough for second place in the division. The scary thing is the team hasn't even been scoring so just wait until Jurco and company get things going and Detroit can possibly reach the top of the table once again. Travis Watson

 

 

February 2014 - Jurco at 21 years young made his Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi games and suited up for all four of Slovakia’s games. He played the majority of the tournament on the second line and second powerplay unit where he managed to pot home his first Olympic goal while on the man advantage. Despite a disappointing result in Sochi for Slovakia they have to be excited about the future with the impressive level of play from their skillful youngsters. Jurco will look to translate his success here at the Olympic games when NHL play resumes on Wednesday February 26th for Detroit on the road against Montreal. Travis Watson

 

February 2014 - The 21-year-old Jurco was selected to Slovakia's 2014 Olympic final roster and will be doing everything in his power to help get Slovakia onto the podium . Jurco is the youngest member of the team and this will be a fantastic learning experience for the young Slovak and the hope is that this will help him gain more confidence for when he returns back to resume play in North America, whether it be in Grand Rapids or Detroit. Travis Watson

 

December 2013 - Jurco scored his first career NHL goal and point in his second game with the parent club when he opened the scoring against the visiting Anaheim Ducks. It came on a partial breakaway where Jurco was able to make a nifty move before putting it away on the backhand. Jurco's goal was about the only thing that went well as the Wings were run over five to two. Travis Watson

 

December 2013 - Jurco got an early birthday present when the Red Wings called him up to make his NHL debut December 15th versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. The injuries have continued to mount for the Wings and so do the losses so they called up their leading scoring from the AHL hoping to inject some life. Babcock didn’t baby him either as Jurco was slotted on the wing next to Datsyuk and Alfie and if you click here you will see what the coach had to say about him. With the rash of injuries look for him to continue to get a look as Ken Holland and company want to see what they have in their 2011 second round pick. As previously mentioned before, the recall he was leading Grand Rapids in scoring with 27 points in 26 games, one off of matching his rookie points totals from all of last season. Travis Watson

 

June 2013 - Tomas was part of a very strong contingent of rookies playing for Grand Rapids this season and he really stepped it up when the Griffins needed it most. After only scoring 14 goals in 74 games in the regular season Jurco managed to snipe home eight goals in 24 playoff games to go along with six assists. His 0.58 points-per-game clip in the playoffs was close to double his regular season output of 0.38. Red Wings brass have to be excited about the improvements in Jurco’s game especially in the playoffs when games became more physical and more meaningful. Jurco was able to skate in all 24 games in the playoffs and was kept in the lineup over the highly regarded and thought of Teemu Pulkkinen when  Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson were returned on loan from the parent club. Now let’s hope he can carry the momentum of his strong postseason into the 2013/14 season for Grand Rapids and set himself up for call-up duty in Detroit. Travis Watson

 

April 2013 - Tomas Jurco concluded his first professional season amassing 14G-14A-28P and a plus-6 rating while skating in 74 games for the Grand Rapid Griffins. Most are well aware of his skill level but what matters most is taking that skill and talent and applying it to your game. For Jurco this was his first full season in Grand Rapids so there is still plenty of time for him to figure it out and become the top six two-way forward expected of him. After losing out 3-0 in Game One of the Calder Cup Quater-finals Jurco stepped up his game showing his offensive instincts by tipping home a goal and pulling off a wrap-around goal helping the Griffins even the series with Houston at one game a piece. Grand Rapids will be looking for more contributions like this one if they have any hope in challenging for the Calder Cup trophy. Travis Watson

 

 

December 2012 – December was not a good month for Jurco as he has only recorded a single point in 11 games. He has only failed to record a shot on goal once in the month. Jason Banks

 

November 2012 – After signing his entry level deal with the Wings, Jurco turned pro with Grand Rapids. Despite being a regular with solid talent around him, he is yet to show good production and has been a defensive liability. As previously stated, he is likely taking the long path to Detroit until he is dependable at both ends and showing solid production. Jason Banks

 

March 2012 – Jurco has put up another 30-plus goal season and continues to show off his dynamic skillset. Jurco has good size and all the tools to become a great power forward in the NHL. Consistency has been an issue in the past but has only been held off the score sheet eight times this season. He will look to follow up his 18 points in 19 games in last year’s playoffs with another strong performance this year. Jason Banks

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

 

He is a top five prospect in Detroit’s system but in true Red Wing fashion, will likely spend a couple more seasons in the AHL.  Jurco projects as a top six scoring winger.

 

 

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