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Red Wings trade Tomas Jurco to Blackhawks for third-round draft pick

Red Wings receive 2017 third-rond pick

Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Jurco (26) celebrates his goal with Daniel Alfredsson (11) in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Jurco (26) celebrates his goal with Daniel Alfredsson (11) in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings have traded right wing Tomas Jurco to the Chicago Blackhawks for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft, the team announced Friday.

Jurco, 24, skated in 159 games for the Red Wings since 2013-14, totaling 39 points (15-24-39) and 46 penalty minutes.

The Kosice, Slovakia, native skated in 16 games for the Red Wings this season and also appeared in two games with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, picking up two points (1-1-2).

A Calder Cup champion in 2013 with the Griffins, Jurco had 71 points (33-38-71) in 113 AHL games between 2012-17.

Prior to his professional career, Jurco helped the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs to league championships in 2011 and 2012, registering 175 points (87-88-175) in 172 games from 2009-12.

The Red Wings currently have nine draft picks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, including two picks in both the third and sixth rounds.

Jurco was drafted by the Red Wings in the second round of the 2011 NHL entry draft.