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by George Malik on 06/13/14 at 10:17 PM ET
Maybe I need to get Jiri Fischer's number. Earlier today, I'd spotted a pair of reports from iSport and Hockej.cz stating that the Red Wings were going to sign HC Pardubice's Tomas Nosek, a 6'2," 201-pound winger who caught the eye of Wings Eastern European scout Vladimir Havluj (as he told Hockej.cz's Ales Krecl) after slipping through the draft twice.
Tonight, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness are confirming that Nosek's going to sign a 2-year, 2-way deal before teams have to pay a substantial fine for inking European prospects on-or-after June 15th.
Eliteprospects.com lists Nosek as having a breakout season in the Czech Extraliga this past season, registering 44 points (19 goals and 25 assists) in 56 games, and Khan reports that the 21-year-ol did indeed come highly-recommended by the Wings' scouts:
Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said 6-8 NHL teams were pursuing Nosek, who had 19 goals and 44 points in 52 games for HC Pardubice in the Czech league.
Red Wings European scouts Vladimir Havluj and Ari Vouri are high on Nosek. Jiri Fischer, Detroit's director of player development, said, "I'm really excited about him."
Nosek played on the 2012 Czech World Junior team that Fischer helped coach as an assistant.
"He's a very smart two-way center who can play the wing," Fischer said. "He's very responsible defensively, makes good plays. He's more of a playmaker than a natural finisher. He just gets better every year."
Fischer said Nosek was Pardubice's best player.
"He'll have to get stronger, work on his skating," Fischer said. "He is a hard worker."
Nosek's agent, Ales Volek, also represents Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco. Volek liked how Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill helped develop Jurco, which aided the Red Wings in their efforts to land Nosek.
“He’s a competitive guy, but needs to bulk up,” said Detroit assistant general manager Ryan Martin, who hopes to have the deal done within the next 24 hours. “He has the ability to protect the puck down low.”
Martin added that Nosek, who’ll be 22 in September and went undrafted, will compete for a job with the Wings, who beat out a handful of teams for his services.
“If he doesn’t make it, our expectations are he’ll play in Grand Rapids,” Martin said.
“He’s very smart,” Fischer said. “He was a late bloomer. He was on our radar his draft year, but he was injured so he didn’t get drafted.
“He’s a smart player and does the little things right,” Fischer continued. “He can move up and down the lineup. He really did a great job this season. He was the best player on Pardubice.”
Nosek had 19 goals and 25 assists in 52 games with HC Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga.
“He can run the power play at that level, but we’ll see how it translates to North America,” Fischer said. “He needs to get stronger and work on his skating. He is a very willing and hard worker.”
Pleiness also continues, and he and Khan report that the Wings hope to bring Nosek to the summer development camp in Traverse City.
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