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Tomas Jurco Has Made Adjustments With The Chicago Blackhawks

from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,

"There's more speed to his game, more pace, more puck possession, more puck time," Quenneville said. "He has some skills that didn't quite show last year. Getting him some exhibition games, we'll get a better read and he'll get some confidence as well. There's some skill there, and we're looking for him to add an element to our team."

Jurco said there has been a world of difference coming into his second season with the Hawks. He admitted last season was difficult coming over at the deadline and trying to fit in with an established group.

"It's way easier right now," Jurco said. "I get time to get used to things and when I came in March, I had to adjust so quick, I had some difficulties with that. But I'm excited for the season and I feel good. It's much more calm right now."

Even though Jurco said it was difficult for him to adjust to the Hawks' style of play, he thinks it suits his. In Detroit, Jurco couldn't carve out playing time because he was asked to play a more physical style.

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Prospect Watch: Tomas Jurco

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Position: RW
Height: 6’ 2”
Weight: 191 lbs
Shoots: Left
Age: 18
Country: Slovakia
Drafted: 2011 DET - 2nd Round - 35th overall

It seemed to be the general consensus of the hockey media going into the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota, that this was potentially the deepest draft class since 2003. With top notch prospects at spots 1-8 (and even potentially picks 9 and 10 depending on who you asked), and then the next tier of talent was considered to be a bit of a free for all when it came to the next 30-40 picks, and the general vibe I got from teams in the first round, and early into the second round, was that there was indeed a tremendous value on early picks (mid to late first round), as well as almost any pick in the second round, and even leading up to and into the early third round picks, until the next major level of drop off in pure potential. As such, this resulted in quite a few teams being very active when it came to making trades involving any potential pick(s) from this vastly large pool of “second tier” prospects.

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