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05-14-2012, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Kamzik View Post has updated their report on Tvrdon:

-Healthy for the start of training camp, returned to WHL for first full season with Vancouver.
-Finished second on Vancouver and placed in WHL’s top 30 scorers (60-31-43-74, plus-1).
-Was particularly productive down the stretch, with 17 goals in final 27 games and 13 in final 17.
-Helped Slovakia to sixth-place finish at mid-season WJC (6-3-1-4, minus-4, 18 shots).
-Suspended three games by WHL in February for a spearing incident.
-Finished fourth on team in playoff scoring in first-round exit (6-3-3-6, minus-4).

Scout Comments from this Season
“He knew that Detroit (director of player development Jiri Fischer) was there (for a four-point game on Oct. 21, 2011) and that was a big part of (his strong play). He has to do it every night — not just when Detroit is here. Was it a breakout game? I want to know why he can’t play like that every game. If he can do it once, he should be able to do it again and again. That’s what we want from him.” — Vancouver Giants head coach Don Hay (October 2011, Vancouver Province) … “Tvrdon showed some stuff I like — he’s a big body and he has a good feel for the game — but looks like his intensity has to come up a bit.” — Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson (January 2012).

There’s so much to like about Tvrdon, from his power-forward size to his impressive skill level. He’s similar to his more highly touted countryman, Tomas Jurco, but needs to play with more intensity and improve his consistency. Tvrdon made a big step forward by putting together a healthy, productive season in 2011-12, and he’ll return to Vancouver for a second full WHL season in 2012-13. He has potential to develop into an NHL power winger — if everything goes right.
Jurčo´s and Tatar´s reports have been updated too:

Appeared in five NHL pre-season games with Red Wings (5-1-0-1, minus-2, five shots).
Returned to AHL for third full season with Grand Rapids (76-24-34-58, plus-4, 224 shots).
Finished in three-way tie for team scoring lead with Gustav Nyquist and Jamie Johnson.
Also led Grand Rapids in goals (24) and shots (224) and was among top 30 AHL scorers.
Finished season in impressive fashion, with 19 points in 19 games (19-10-9-19).
Worked one-on-one with skating coach Kim Muir to improve his skating stride and speed.
Called up for Red Wings’ brief playoff run to serve as a Black Ace (spare who doesn’t play).
Represented Slovakia at IIHF world championship in Finland in May.

“He’s got a passion for the game and good offensive instincts. He thinks the game well. He’s the first guy in the corner getting the puck. He goes to the net.” — Nill (March 2011, The Hockey News) … “He’s been terrific for us. He’s really taken a big role penalty-killing this year and he’s done an excellent job learning how to block shots, how to be better defensively, all these little things. He’s a really good offensive player, but he’s rounded out his game more.” — Griffins head coach Curt Fraser (February 2012).

Tatar didn’t earn an NHL call-up in 2011-12, nor did he increase his production in Grand Rapids. But he still made major strides toward becoming an NHL player. More of a one-dimensional offensive sparkplug on his draft day, Tatar has rounded out his two-way game and is a much more complete player after three seasons in the AHL. He’s certainly in the conversation for an NHL roster spot in 2012-13, but he’s still exempt from waivers and could spent one more season on the farm.
Appeared in one NHL pre-season game with Red Wings (no points, no shots, even plus-minus).
Returned to Saint John and finished fourth in team scoring (48-30-38-68, plus-46, 186 shots).
Pro-rated point production (96 points in 68 games) would placed third in QMJHL.
Helped carry Saint John’s offensive load with star Jonathan Huberdeau missing 31 games.
Plus-minus rating tied him for fourth in QMJHL behind three of his Sea Dogs teammates.
Led sixth-place Slovakia in scoring at WJC (5-1-7-8, plus-4, 16 shots).
Finished fourth in QMJHL playoff scoring behind three Sea Dogs teammates (16-13-16-29).
Helped Sea Dogs go 16-1 in post-season en route to second straight QMJHL President’s Cup.
Produced five points (two goals, three assists) in 8-0 championship-clinching win over Rimouski.

“He’s a leader on a very good team, a top-six forward. He’s got high-end skill.” — Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill (May 2012,

The Red Wings didn’t feel good enough about Jurco to take him 24th overall in the 2011 draft, but they traded down for an extra pick and got him 35th. It looks like they landed quite a prospect, as he exploded offensively with a star-studded team in the QMJHL in 2011-12. Jurco’s NHL upside is extremely high as a dynamic, high-scoring, top-six winger. A more telling test of Jurco’s impressive skill level will come in 2012-13, when he joins Grand Rapids for his AHL rookie season.
In other news Marek Hrivík will join the Rangers together with their Black Aces. Though unlike them he isn´t eligible to play as he isn´t signed by the Rangers. But everything seems to show that he will be signed soon. Link here (in Slovak).

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