His hands aren't bad around the net, he just rarely gets the puck there since he's playing on the fourth line.
Jurco shows grit in the corners and some tenacity. He fights for pucks and wins battles. I like that. He has good size.
I thought he would have better hands around the net, but i think that will develop with time.
I think he needs more time at the NHL level to continue to develop his game, create and finish.
I would rather him be in the line up than Weiss who seems to shy away from contact, checks or battles (and seems also to lack confidence when he has the puck for some reason).
However, I think he's just gripping his stick too tight, and the bounces just aren't coming his way.
He clearly has the skill, go look at some of his goals from last season when he had confidence, spin o ramma first goal, making Pavel datyuk-esque moves, or even his behind the back drop pass this year to Kronwall.
The skills not the problem, its there, I just think they told him to play a simple game to teach him the way defensively in the nhl.
He's still developing and he's fast, big, hits well, grinds well already so yes still valuable to the team while babs is teaching him the stuff he didn't have time to learn in grand rapids.
Hell come around, but I really do think they should send him down let him get his confidence back and bring him up after two or three weeks and put him on one of the top lines. Something like they just did with pulks.
Having him on a line with A.A. and mantha would be great. Let them all get some chemistry together because if they all come near their potential they could become one of our top two lines of the future.
I think Mantha-Athanasiou-Jurco (jam line) together would be amazing, speed, size, skill, some grit, and with a sniper in mantha....
It could be special.
aa+Jurcos speed alone would give people fits, and manthas pretty damn quick himself.