DETROIT -- The Red Wings today announced that rookie forward Jan Mursak has been signed to a two-year extension that keep the Mirobar, Slovenia native under contract through the 2012-13 season. As per club policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Mursak has appeared in 17 games with Detroit since making his National Hockey League debut on December 27 in a road match versus the Colorado Avalanche. The 23-year-old also scored his first career NHL goal at Denver’s Pepsi Center – on January 10 upon veteran goaltender Peter Budaj. Originally selected by Detroit in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Mursak is one of only two Slovenian-born players to skate in the NHL (Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar is the other).
Recently reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins after enjoying his second stint of the season with Detroit, Mursak has registered 25 points (11-14-25) in 36 games played with the Red Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate club thus far on the 2010-11 campaign. In 166 career AHL games, the 5’11”, 167 lb. winger has recorded 76 points (37-39-76) in addition to 100 PIM. Prior to commencing his professional career with the Griffins, Mursak enjoyed a standout major junior career in the Ontario Hockey League, tallying 144 points (44-100-144) in 119 games with the Belleville Bulls and Saginaw Sprit.