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Red Wings officially sign Tomas Jurco to a 3-year, entry-level deal

Capgeek broke the news last night, and the Red Wings are confirming it this morning:

RED WINGS SIGN JURCO TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

… Winger Enjoyed Standout Junior Career, has Skated at Several International Events …

Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced that 19-year-old forward Tomas Jurco has been signed to a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, no further details regarding this deal will be disclosed.

Detroit’s top pick (second round, 35th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Jurco has spent the past three seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 172 career QMJHL games, Jurco tallied 175 points (87G-88A) in addition to a plus/minus rating of +126. The 6’2”, 193-lb. winger also went 16-for-19 (84.2%) in post-overtime shootouts during his tenure in Saint John .

Originally selected by the Sea Dogs in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2009 CHL Import Draft, Jurco enjoyed significant postseason success throughout his major junior career, tallying 26G-38A-64P in 56 President’s Cup Playoff contests. Jurco also registered 6G-2A-8P in eight career Memorial Cup appearances, helping Saint John win the prestigious title in 2011.

A native of Kosice, Slovakia, Jurco has represented his home country at several international tournaments, including the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships (11GP-2G-7A-9P combined total) and the 2009 IIHF World U-18 Championships at which he tied for the team lead in scoring with 2G-3A-5P in six games played. Prior to joining the Sea Dogs, Jurco spent several years in HC Kosice’s development program, leading their U-20 club in scoring (51GP-24G-30A-54P) as a 16-year-old during his final season in Europe (2008-09).

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan is also confirming…

The Red Wings have signed forward Tomas Jurco to a three-year entry-level contract. Jurco, 19, was the team’s second-round pick (35th overall) in the 2011 NHL draft.

Jurco (6-2, 193 pounds) spent the last three seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. This season Jurco led the Sea Dogs to the Memorial Cup, with eight points (six goals, two assists) in eight playoff games.

In 172 career games Jurco, a wing, scored 87 goals with 88 assists (175 points).

Jurco is expected to begin the season with Grand Rapids.

As is the Free Press’s George Sipple...

The Detroit Red Wings have signed 19-year-old forward Tomas Jurco to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Jurco was Detroit’s top pick in the 2011 draft. He was selected 35th overall, in the second round.

Jurco spent the past three seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He scored 175 points (87 goals, 88 assists) in 172 career QMJHL games. He also scored in 16 of 19 shoot-outs (84.2%).

A native of Kosice, Slovakia, Jurco has represented his country at several international tournaments, including the IIHF World Junior Championships (nine points in 11 games). He also tied for the team lead in scoring with five points in six games at the 2009 IIHF World U-18 Championships.

Prior to joining the Sea Dogs, Jurco spent time in HC Kosice’s development program, leading their U-20 club in scoring with 54 points in 51 games as a 16-year-old during his final season in Europe (2008-09).

97.1 the Ticket, Sportsnet, NHL.com, and, via RedWingsFeed, Michigan Hockey’s Ben Fleck (with a spiffy infographic) all confirm, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Andrea Nelson penned a feature story about Jurco:

Tomas Jurco, known as a magician for his impressive on-ice moves, has been signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Jurco was Detroit’s 35th pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. And he’s been making the most of every opportunity since his name was called last June.

“I would say it was the game I played last year,” Jurco said of his favorite experience as part of the Red Wings organization. “I played in one exhibition game, we played against Philadelphia. It was just a great moment for me being on the same bench with Zetterberg and Lidstrom.”

He learned from the Red Wings veterans during the exhibition game, but grew up idolizing Swedish center Peter Forsberg. The Kosice, Slovakia native began playing hockey when he was four years old and hasn’t looked back since.

Jurco spent several years in HC Kosice’s development program, leading their U-20 club in scoring during his final European season when he was only 16 years old. He also tied for the team lead in scoring with two goals, three assists and five points in six games during the 2009 IIHF World U-18 Championships.

The right wing jumped across the pond when he was selected by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the first round of the 2009 CHL Import Draft. Jurco has enjoyed significant success in three QMJHL seasons, tallying 175 points in 172 games. He also went 16-for-19 in post-overtime shootouts and tallied a plus/minus rating of +126.

The QMJHL postseason has also been a strong point of Jurco’s career with the Sea Dogs. He has tallied 26 goals, 38 assists and 64 points in 56 President’s Cup Playoff games. In his eight career Memorial Cup appearances with Saint John, Jurco has also registered six goals, two assists and eight points. The right wing’s contributions during the 2011 postseason helped Saint John win the ultimate QMJHL reward and created one of his greatest memories.

“It’s probably winning the Memorial Cup with the Sea Dogs,” Jurco said of his favorite hockey memory. “It was really great.”

 

 

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BrendonR's avatar

The 6’2”, 193-lb. winger also went 16-for-19 (84.2%) in post-overtime shootouts during his tenure in Saint John .

Wow!!

Posted by BrendonR on 08/07/12 at 12:59 PM ET

Cal's avatar

Let’s get him a read sweater and skip the AHL “ripening”.  If we cannot move any of our “wealth” at bottom six forward vis trasde let’s buy out some contracts and embrace the next generation of DRW hockey.

Posted by Cal on 08/07/12 at 01:06 PM ET

Cal's avatar

red

Cheese!!!

Posted by Cal on 08/07/12 at 01:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I cannot wait for the day Uncle Mike puts Sheahan and Jurco together on the same line.

And if Nyquist is on the other wing on the line with Sheahan and Jurco???


Like a happy, drooling puppy I will be.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 08/07/12 at 11:22 PM ET

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