The Red Wings traded Jurco to the Blackhawks in exchange for a 2017 third-round draft pick on Friday. Jurco has failed to tally a single point while averaging just 10:02 of ice time over 16 games this season, but the Red Wings spent a second-round pick on him in 2011 for a reason, and the Blackhawks are hoping a change of scenery will help him unlock some of that untapped potential. The Slovakian forward's first opportunity to make his debut with his new club will come Tuesday against the Canucks.
Jurco is projected to suit up Tuesday night against the Blue Jackets, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Jurco's on track to assume the fourth-line spot on the left wing commonly occupied by Steve Ott -- who was activated from IR after dealing with a shoulder injury, but evidently is being eased back into the fold. There is no fantasy value in a guy who's skated to a minus-6 rating without any points in 14 games, though this nugget is relevant to fans of the Winged Wheel, who should know that the team isn't as physical when Jurco is out there in place of Ott.
Jurco will suit up for Tuesday's Original Six clash in Boston, his first game since Jan. 4. The 24-year-old Slovak is undoubtedly talented, but has failed to produce on a consistent basis for the Wings since recording eight goals and seven assists in 36 games as a rookie in 2013-14. With fellow wingers Dylan Larkin (upper body) and Thomas Vanek (lower body) out with injury, Jurco will have a chance to strut his stuff and should get a look on Detroit's second powerplay unit.
Jurco has served 10 of the last 12 games as a healthy scratch. After playing in 44, 63 and 36 games in each of the last three seasons, Jurco has suited up in just 11 thus far in 2016-17. The fact that he's yet to record a point certainly hasn't helped, and he really hasn't done much else of note during the 10:23 of ice time he's averaged when in the lineup. Furthermore, he's spent the last six games in the press box and it's anybody's guess as to when he might get the nod again for fourth-line duty.
Jurco (illness) is available for Tuesday's road game against the Lightning, Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press reports. Jurco caught the flu, but was afforded an extra day off with Monday's game canceled due to poor ice conditions at PNC Arena in Carolina. The Slovakian is likely to reprise his role as a fourth-line winger in the next contest. He doesn't play enough to warrant attention in the numbers-hungry world of fantasy hockey.
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