NHL Draft profile: Tomas Jurco
June, 21, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of a profiles of top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at forward Tomas Jurco, who is from Slovakia and plays for Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Tomas Jurco. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: December 28, 1992/Kosice, Slovakia
Height/Weight: 6-2/187 pounds
Position: Right Wing
2010-11 Team: Saint John (QMJHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||20th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||38th overall|
|International Scouting Services||25th overall|
|The Hockey News||28th overall|
|Registered 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) in 60 games with Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Had 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 19 playoff games as Saint John won the QMJHL championship. Tied for the tournament lead with 4 goals in 4 games as Saint John won the Memorial Cup. Scored 1 goal in 6 games for Slovakia at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo.|
|Registered 51 points (26 goals, 25 assists) in 64 games with Saint John in 2009-10, his rookie season in the QMJHL and his first in North America. Registered 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 6 games for Slovakia at the 2009 World Under-18 Championship.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Skating. Vision. Hands. Size.
Negatives: Strength. Sometimes waits for play to come to him rather than being assertive.
Link: ESPN.com Tomas Jurco Profile
|"Deadly on breakaways/shootouts with jaw-dropping moves and super soft, quick hands. Smooth skater with power in his stride. Opportunistic around the net. Shot isn't overpowering, but he's got a sneaky fast release and very good accuracy; good finisher's touch. Fine set-up man who sees the ice well and is unselfish to a fault. ... His compete level and play at the defensive end have improved in his two seasons in the Q, but he needs to be harder on the puck." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
"One of the best pure goal scorers in the draft. That said, Tomas has had some consistency issues and was inconsistent from game to game and shift to shift. He’s streaky, and he scores in bunches. The type of player who drives scouts crazy... great skill set, inconsistent compete level. Jurco is dangerous 1 on 1, has good speed, puck control and creativity." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Jurco has enjoyed a jump in stock following the Memorial Cup. The combine scored him some points too after the teams that interviewed him give him high marks for character once he convinced them he'll pay the price. The lingering question with Jurco was his tendency to fade out of the play despite his high skill level. His late play and demeanor answered some of those questions." - ESPN.com's Gare Joyce
|2010-11||Saint John (QMJHL)||60||31||25||56||+46||17|
|2009-10||Saint John (QMJHL)||64||26||25||51||+24||34|
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.
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