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Detroit signs 2011 draftee Jurco to three-year deal

Aug 7, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

The Detroit Red Wings and Slovakian YouTube sensation Tomas Jurco have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal.

Jurco, 19, was Detroit’s second pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round selection (35th overall) from St. John of the Quebec Major Junior League. With the Sea Dogs, Jurco was one of the most productive scorers in the QMJHL, notching 175 points in 172 games — and 87 of those points were goals.

During his time in the Q, Jurco also became something of a viral video star. His outrageous stickhandling and cradling at the CHL Top Prospects game earned him rave reviews:

According to, Jurco signed a three-year deal worth more than $2.12 million with a salary cap hit of $709,187. (Performance bonuses still not official.) It’s believed he’ll start the year with AHL Grand Rapids, but will participate in the Red Wings’ September training camp in Traverse City.

“I want to impress everybody, maybe surprise some people,” Jurco told the Detroit Free Press. “Let them know I can do it. They might not give me chance right away, but during the season when there are some injuries I’ll be playing well in AHL and they will know they can call me up any time.”

  1. redwingsfan999 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Looking forward to seeing this guy within the next couple years

  2. cmutimmah - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Anyone else get a semi thinking about this guy on Datsyuk’s wing?

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    What do they call that? Hockey sack? Hackey puck? Either way, he’s a dang pot-smoking hippie! Get a job ya bum!

    • hockinj25 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Did you not see the part where he signed a 3 year contract? Clearly he has a job.

      • elemeno89 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        and a higher paying one at that.

  4. charleslouis99 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    if his eyes look weird its probably because he’s eastern European and the have weird sunken in eyes look at anze kopitar he’s definitely not a hippie

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Dear NHL Teams and GM’s, thank you for leaving top 15 talent in the second round for the past 2 years

    – Signed
    Red Wings

  6. garrison1981 - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Next version of Datsyuk! Gotta love nhl’s best scouting for past 20+ years! Pulling guys like Zetterberg , Fedorov, Lindstrom, Franzen, Konstintinov, Datsyuk ……and the list goes on.

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