The Malik Report
by George Malik on 06/13/14 at 02:30 PM ET
I don't know that much about him, but according to Hockej.cz's Ales Krecl and iSport, the Red Wings are close to signing a European free agent in Tomas Nosek, a 21-year-old forward who's played for HC Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga for the past three seasons.
Nosek, a left-winger who's listed at 6'2" and 201 pounds (per EliteProspects), posted some very solid numbers for Pardubice--19 goals, 25 assists and 44 points in 52 games during the 2013-2014 season--and while Nosek's agent, Ales Volek, is issuing a "no comment," Wings scout Vladimir Havluj spoke with Hockej.cz's Krecl about the probability of the team signing Nosek before June 15th, the last day that NHL teams can sign European-born players to overseas contracts without paying an extra "penalty."
What follows is incredibly roughly translated:
The captain of the Under-20 World Championships in 2012 has been drawing interest for the U.S. team for a long time. "When Tomas went into the draft, we had him on a list of potential candidates. But he was a player who needed more time. He hadn't matured by the draft, so we picked another player. But Nosek's lately made a big performance leap and confirmed his potential," said Vladimir Havluj, a long-time scout for the Red Wings.
During discussions at these peak hours, according to Hockej.cz, they're heading toward the goal. Unless something unexpected happens, the Pardubice talent will sign an entry-level deal with Detroit and the NHL and Czech Ice Hockey Federation will approve it so [Nosek] can go to the famous league. In this regard, the June 15th deadline is important. If the transaction doesn't take place by Sunday, the NHL team would have to pay a much higher compensation [iSport reports that it's a $240,000 penalty]. In the case of any contract, Nosek would attend training camp and his performance would determine whether he starts with the NHL team [or on the AHL team].
The organization knows what the Czech youngster is capable of. "On Tomas, we have enough information. We're interested, that interest has intensified, and he had a good season. I've known about him for a long time, I liked him when he was 18, when he had bad luck with injuries. When he was 20, I recommended him to Jiri fischer, among other things, Nosek and Adam Pribyl. These players had potential, and Tomas proved it last season," said Havluj.
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