January 19, 2011
TORONTO — The Duke of Dekes delivered. Saint John Sea Dogs forward Tomas Jurco, as Sunaya Sapurji wrote on Tuesday, is wary of the serious dropjaw he has been known to display might overshadow his all-around game. Still, he broke out the former big time on Tuesday during the breakaway contest at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
It's possibly the Slovakia native, a likely late first- to mid second-round choice in June, might have scored a perfect 40/40 if he had pulled off his most daring trick. As Terry Doyle noted:
"He successfully executed the lacrosse-style scoop up the puck, spinerama goal. But it was one of his moves that did not result in a goal that had many saying 'What was that?' Jurco scooped the puck onto the blade of his stick, parallel to the ice. Then he flipped the puck into the air, flipped his stick and caught the puck on the shaft. Jurco could have stopped his attempt right there and it would have been extremely impressive. Unfortunately he did not score." (Loose Pucks)
Keep in mind, this is someone whom Team Slovakia trusted as a penalty killer during the world junior. Jurco does not even do that regularly in Saint John. However, sometimes it is like he can pretty much do anything at the junior level.
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