Saturday, June 25, 2011


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Detroit Red Wings didn’t shock many with their second round pick.

With the 35th overall selection, the Red Wings drafted Saint John Sea Dogs forward Tomas Jurco. A super skilled European forward, Jurco is a Red Wing type player.

Jurco became the fourth Sea Dog to be taken in this year’s draft as Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan Beaulieu, and Zack Phillips were all selected in last night’s first round.

Many had the Slovak going in the first round. Jurco was ranked 20th by Central Scouting, 25th by International Scouting Services, 28th by The Hockey News, 29th by TSN, and 35th by Puck Prospects.

Jurco was taken fourth overall by Saint John in the 2009 Canadian Hockey League Entry Draft. The only real buzz surrounding Jurco back then was a video of him flipping pucks with a stick on some playground.

In his rookie season, the Slovak would score 26 goals and 25 assists in 64 games. In the playoffs he added seven goals and 10 assists in 21 games.

Last season Jurco struggled with consistency at times and only increased his point total slightly by scoring 31 goals and 25 assists in 60 games. In 19 post-season games Jurco recorded six goals and 12 assists as he helped the Sea Dogs capture the President’s Cup. He played very well in the Memorial Cup, something that surely helped solidify his draft ranking.

He also played with Slovakia at the World Juniors last year and participated in the 2011 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Toronto.

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