Nosek has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Nosek was AHL Grand Rapids' best offensive weapon last season, leading Detroit's minor-league affiliate with 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 51 games en route to a Calder Cup. The 6-foot-3 winger has only potted a single goal in 17 career NHL games over the past two seasons with the Red Wings, but he'll likely be a regular in the Golden Knights' lineup in 2017-18.
Nosek is rumored to be the most likely Red Wing selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports. Losing Nosek -- who produced 41 regular-season points for AHL Grand Rapids and led the minor-club in scoring en route to the Calder Cup -- would certainly weaken the prospect pool for the Winged Wheel, though it would allow the Wings to retain a goalie with upside in Petr Mrazek, since Vegas can only nab one player from each NHL team.
Nosek stands the best chance among Red Wings prospects of making the team next season, opines Ansar Khan of MLive.com. Not only is Nosek is on the verge of becoming an NHL regular by virtue of his solid play -- he capped off the 2016-17 campaign with AHL Grand Rapids after turning in 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 51 games -- but the undrafted pivot is no longer exempt from waivers, and that's a key consideration for GM Ken Holland as he sorts through similarly talented prospects in Tyler Bertuzzi and Evgeny Svechnikov. Still, even if Nosek secures a job at hockey's highest level, it may take awhile for him to flourish; he's scored one goal for his lone point in 17 career games with Detroit.
Nosek was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Monday. Nosek played the majority of his season with AHL Grand Rapids, but his success in the minors failed to translate to the the top level. In 11 contests with the Red Wings, the 24-year-old totaled just one goal and averaged just 10:07 of ice time.
Nosek scored the Wings' only goal -- and the first of his career -- in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Carolina. In a game that saw the Wings generate very little offense -- surely thanks in no small part to playing the third game of a back-to-back-to-back set -- it was Nosek, who was well rested thanks to sitting out Monday, who broke through for their only tally. This was also the first point of Nosek's career, but the 24-year-old Czech has impressed in the AHL this year (40 points in 49 games) and could earn some more down-the-stretch ice time for a Detroit team that's ending its 25-year streak of making the playoffs.
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