He was drafted by Detroit last year with 35th selection overall. The 19 year old Slovak is just one of the young promising talents that Detroit has in its ranks.
According to Khan(!), he was signed to a three year entry-level deal worth $2.12 million.
The 6'2, 193 pounder has been tearing it up in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League...accumulating 175 points in 172 games played. Just last year, he helped his team (St. John) win the league championship by chipping in 30 goals and 68 points in 45 regular season games and 13 goals and 29 points in 16 play-off games.
Make the jump to see why else you should be excited about Jurco.
Like I said...the kid has puck skills:
Want more proof? It's not hard to find...
...that last bit was obviously recorded prior to him being selected by the Detroit Red Wings. Jurco will start the season next year with the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he will join other young talents like Tomas Tatar, Joakim Andersson, and Landon Ferraro. It's nice to know that the young European has already become accustomed to the NHL-sized rink - now it's just a matter of getting used to playing against bigger, faster, stronger players.
How long before he dons the Winged Wheel?
He will be with GRG for one year and we won't get a sniff of him in the winged wheel this year, but next year he will see some playing time in the Joe and the following year...he's a full time Wing. No way he stays in GR entirely for all three years.
Hey...a guy can hope can't he?
@Reddy I agree, probably 3-4 years which is kind of lame. If there's one thing that annoys me with how the Red Wings do business it is that. I can understand if we're a loaded team that is contending to win the cup but this year is the PERFECT time to bring him up for a stretch of games and get his feet wet. Give him experience now! What have we got to lose?
How many young kids do you want to bring up at one time? Kindl is due a legit shot to improve with full time minutes. Brunner is already pegged to start in the top six. Smith is going to be a full time D man. Nyquist has earned a more legit shot than he got last season. Mursak is purportedly faster than Helm, but he busted his ankle in the pre-season and so we just cut him loose and don't give him another shot when he is healthy? Emmerton...yeah...he can go.
The same people that complain about not bringing up the kids are also the same folks that will bitch the loudest if we don't make the playoffs in 2013. Can't have it both ways.
@NOHS Drew @Reddy I think that argument is a little over rated. I also think it has more to do with the individual. I don't think there should be a blanket policy of keeping kids down in the minors or bringing them up. It should be based on the individual. I think Jurco has some damn good talent and would love to see if he can handle the NHL. Give him a taste and let him know what it takes to be in the NHL and more importantly, stay in the NHL.