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Jurco goes on conditioning assignment

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Tomas Jurco to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Jurco, 22, has skated in four games for the Red Wings this season, recording one assist, four penalty minutes, and two shots on goal, while averaging 10:02 time on ice. Jurco has totaled 103 career NHL games over the past three seasons, notching 34 points (11-23-34), a plus-six rating and 32 penalty minutes. He has also played in 10 playoff games and logged his first two NHL playoff points (1-1-2) during Detroit’s 2015 first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Kosice, Slovakia, native has also represented his country in each of the past two seasons, picking up one point (1-0-1) in four games at the 2014 Winter Olympics and adding an assist in five games at the 2015 IIHF World Championship last spring.

Originally a second-round pick (35th overall) of the Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Jurco spent parts of two seasons with the Griffins from 2012-14, accumulating 60 points (27-33-60), a plus-16 rating and 36 penalty minutes in 106 regular-season games while adding 21 points (13-8-21) in 32 playoff games. As an AHL rookie, Jurco won the Calder Cup with the Griffins and tied for the league’s postseason scoring lead by a rookie, with 14 points (8-6-14) in 24 contests. The championship marked Jurco’s fourth in a three-season span, as he also won the 2011 and 2012 QMJHL President’s Cup with the Saint John Sea Dogs, who advanced to also capture the CHL’s Memorial Cup in 2011. Jurco picked up 175 points (87-88-175) in 172 games with the Sea Dogs from 2009-12 and added 64 points (26-38-64) in 56 playoff games.

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