Kopecky waiting in the wings?

January 9, 2006

We’ve seen Hudler and Flippula.  Could Tomas Kopecky be next?

Via Red Wing Central:

Tomas Kopecky is an injury or two away from a call-up to the National Hockey League, almost six full years after he was drafted.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Slovak has reestablished himself on the Detroit Red Wings prospect charts with a solid season in the American Hockey League. He has 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in 38 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins — a pro-rated 62 points over a full season.

Kopecky, 23, is a big forward who is at his best when he plays the body and goes to the net, both of which he has been doing more frequently.

“We’ve talked numerous times that if we get some injuries, we’d like to bring him up,” said Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill.

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