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Chicago Blackhawks-Getting to Know Newly Acquired Tomas Jurco

By Gregory Bradshaw
Sep 23, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Tomas Jurco (26) is tried by Chicago Blackhawks center Mark McNeill (41) in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Tomas Jurco (26) is tried by Chicago Blackhawks center Mark McNeill (41) in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks struck a deal with the Detroit Red Wings for 24 yr. old forward, Tomas Jurco, in exchange for a 2017 third round pick.

Although Blackhawks’ GM Stan Bowman remained adamant on sticking with the ‘Hawks’ current squad, it didn’t mean he wasn’t willing to shed a later draft pick. Acquiring the young forward Tomas Jurco is certainly not a game changer by any means, but the addition of some proven depth never hurts. The trade is being closely compared to the likes of the Richard Panik trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and we all know how that low-risk move has played out. Jurco possesses a great two-way game that Coach Q will surely appreciate. If the “demi-god” Hossa can shine some light on his fellow countrymen, this could be a very special move by the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Jurco’s week vacation has been cut short, as the Blackhawks newcomer will more than likely draw the start against St. Louis on Sunday. Before Stan Bowman and company can get a real look at what Jurco might bring, we at Blackhawk Up will provide a brief bio of the ex-Red Wing. Let’s jump right in!

Who is Tomas Jurco?

Tomas Jurco left Slovakia for the QMJHL after being selected fourth overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2009 CHL import draft. Jurco spent three years with the Sea Dogs, with his best season coming in the 2011-12 season tallying 68 points (30 goals, 38 assists) in just 48 games.

The Detroit Red Wings drafted Tomas Jurco with their second round 35th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. Although Jurco’s play hasn’t translated into what the Wing’s might have originally assumed, the young Slovakian had been an essential part of Detroit’s bottom six. Tomas Jurco has played in 159 career NHL games racking up 15 goals and 24 assists in the process. Certainly not eye-popping numbers, but a change of scenery could spark something in the young forward given the ‘Hawks’ track record with player development.

Where does Jurco fit in?

 With the new addition of Tomas Jurco, the Blackhawks reassigned Vinnie Hinostroza to the Rockford Icehogs. Vinnie hadn’t been playing the best in his most recent contests leading to his scratch in the 6-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Jurco will most likely be placed on the Blackhawks’ fourth line with Tanner Kero and Ryan Hartman. It could be a very interesting line with the new addition of Jurco along with Ryan Hartman who has been stellar in his rookie campaign.

Tomas Jurco is listed at 6’2” and 188 lbs. which definitely adds some size to the ‘Hawk’s bottom six. Jurco has great vision and excellent checking ability, which is a significant upgrade over Vinnie Hinostroza‘s small stature and more offensive style of play.

With the top six of the Chicago Blackhawks’ lineup nearly cemented (knock on wood), expect Tomas Jurco to help fill out the bottom six. Depth has been a huge key to the Blackhawks’ success in recent years. With another low-risk and possible high reward move by Stan Bowman, Jurco provides depth and proven ability which will be a huge factor come playoff time.

Do you think this will be the only move made by Stan Bowman by the trade deadline? Let us know in the comments below!

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