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Jurco named AHL player of the week

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Tomas Jurco celebrates one of his three goals in the Griffins' 7-4 victory over San Diego last Friday night in Grand Rapids. (Photo by Mark Newman/Grand Rapids Griffins)

DETROIT Tomas Jurco has found his scoring touch.

The Red Wings’ forward, who was sent to Grand Rapids on a conditioning assignment Nov. 17, was named the American Hockey League’s player of the week on Monday.

In three games since rejoining the Griffins, Jurco has three power-play goals and four assists on six shots on goal in three games. He and defenseman Robbie Russo are tied for the team-lead with a plus-3 rating.

Jurco had an assist in his season debut the Griffins last Wednesday. His assist came Russo’s game-winner in the third period that lifted Grand Rapids to a 3-2 victory over Rockford at Van Andel Arena.

It was Jurco’s first appearance with the Griffins since the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs.

Two nights later, Jurco had a game-high four points as the Griffins enjoyed their best offensive production of the season in 1 7-4 win over the visiting San Diego Gulls. His three power-play goals tied a franchise record as he became the third player in team history to accomplish the feat.

Jurco assisted on both Grifffins’ goals in their 2-1 win at Chicago on Saturday. He picked up secondary assists on the goals score by Andreas Athanasiou, who reassigned to Grand Rapids one day after Jurco.

The 22-year-old Jurco has been described as a long-term project by Red Wings first-year head coach Jeff Blashill, who coached Jurco in Grand Rapids for two seasons.

So far this season, Jurco has appeared in just one of the Red Wings’ 21 games. He is expected to play three more times with the Griffins this week with home games Wednesday and Saturday against Iowa and Erie, and a road game Friday at Milwaukee.

Jurco is eligible to return to Detroit on Dec. 1.

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