After off-season back surgery that has kept him sidelined since April 7 of last season, Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco will return to make his season debut tonight against the Dallas Stars. He will play on the fourth line with Riley Sheahan and Steve Ott.
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Tomas Jurco’s return couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Red Wings have recently lost forwards Darren Helm and Tyler Bertuzzi to injuries. Jurco is excited to play again and appears motivated to make an impact, as he trimmed about ten pounds during the off-season.
While Jurco showed promise after being called up as a rookie in 2013-14, he has disappointed ever since. He scored eight goals and recorded 15 points in just 36 games as a rookie, leading the Red Wings to believe that he had potential as a top six forward. However, he was underwhelming over the next two seasons, scoring only seven goals in a combined 107 games played.
The Red Wings are hopeful that Jurco can find his game again and build off of the promise he showed as a rookie. Playing on a line with Ott and Sheahan will benefit his game. Both Sheahan and Ott are big, physical forwards who are good in the corners. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound Slovakia-native has shown he can be physical in the past. Playing with Ott and Sheahan should free up Jurco and allow him to get in areas for scoring chances. Not to mention, Sheahan and Jurco have shown great chemistry together in the past.