Jurco injured his back and required minor surgery to repair it according to general manager Ken Holland which could sideline him for 8-to-10 weeks, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Jurco was a long-shot to make the opening day roster given the influx of talent at the left wing position in Detroit. This injury will make securing a roster spot that much more difficult for the 23-year-old. Once he is healthy, Jurco could find himself playing in either AHL Grand Rapids or with another organization. Given the uncertainty surrounding his role with the team, fantasy owners may want to consider steering clear of the former second round pick.
Jurco will be in the lineup Wednesday against the visiting Flyers, Dana Wakiji of FOX Sports Detroit reports. Jurco has commonly served as a healthy scratch, with just four appearances in March, and Wednesday's outing being his first look in April. The 23-year-old reportedly will replace Anthony Mantha for the upcoming contest, but Jurco is almost assuredly set for a bottom-six role having averaged just 9:15 of ice time this season.
Jurco scored his fourth goal of the year in Thursday's loss to Pittsburgh. It's been a rough ride for the young winger this year, as the goal was just his sixth point in 35 games. A 2011 second-round pick and a point-per-game man at the AHL level, Jurco's considerable puck skills have not translated into much in the way of opportunities with the Wings' top six pretty well stacked. He still has potential, but with things mostly stagnating for Jurco in Detroit, a change of scenery might do him some good.
Jurco lit the lamp Saturday but the Wings fell to the Ducks 4-3. Jurco usually sees less than 10 minutes a night, so any scoring he can give Detroit is a plus. He was a fairly proficient scorer when he helped AHL Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup in 2013, but hasn't done much of it in the NHL.
Jurco (upper body) is available to return to Detroit's lineup on Thursday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Jurco did not suit up for Detroit's last two outings. In 17 contests this season, the 23-year-old has tallied three points. Averaging under nine minutes per game before sustaining his injury, the winger is unlikely to see a drastic increase in ice time.
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