Marek Tvrdon
Image: NHL

Marek Tvrdon

Hometown:

Nitra Slovakia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-01-31

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (115th overall), 2011

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Marek Tvrdon appeared in just one game for HK Nitra U20 in the Slovakian junior league and did not register a point.

2009-10: Tvrdon played a full season with HK Nitra U20 and was dominant over 45 games. He tallied 25 goals and 31 assists to go along with 90 PIMS.

2010-11: Tvrdon made the jump to North America and the WHL’s Vancouver Giants for his draft year. He stormed out of the gates with 11 points (6 goals and 5 assists) in 12 games before suffering a dislocated shoulder that knocked him out for the remainder of the season.

2011-12: Tvrdon was the second-leading scorer for the Vancouver Giants in his second WHL season and skated for Slovakia in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 31 goals with 43 assists and was plus-one with 62 penalty minutes in 60 games for the Giants. Vancouver finished second in the B.C. Division. Tvrdon scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was minus-four; skating in all six games of Vancouver’s first round series with Spokane. He was Slovakia’s second-leading goal scorer, scoring 3 goals, and had 1 assist; finishing minus-four with 14 penalty minutes in six games. Slovakia finished sixth in the 10-team tournament.

2012-13: Tvrdon signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings in July 2012 and was off to a fast start for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants before being diagnosed with a blood clot in his arm that forced him to stop playing. In 18 games he scored 8 goals with 14 assists and was +2 with 16 penalty minutes. He was able to practice with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids during the Calder Cup playoffs but did not appear in any games.

 

Talent Analysis

Tvrdon has all the tools and ability to be a NHL power forward. He has size that he uses well and he isn’t afraid of physical play or getting his hands dirty. He boasts excellent speed, soft hands, great instincts and a scorer’s touch. The fact that his effort level can be inconsistent is a concern, but he could be something special if he develops.

 

Future

Being returned to the WHL does not necessarily bode well for Tvrdon's future, but he doesn't still have a power forward's skill set that could continue to develop. Tvrdon will again suit up for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins in 2014-15, where he needs to make an impression in order to stay in Deroit's future plans.

 

Depth at professional level strength of Detroit Red Wings prospect pool

by Adam Schnepp
on

NHL: OCT 23 Penguins at Red Wings

Photo: Riley Sheahan’s two-way play has earned him a spot in Detroit’s bottom-six forwards for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Scott Grau/Icon Sportswire)

 

It has been a gradual change, but the draft picks that have been laying in wait for the Detroit Red Wings have started to make their impact on the team’s NHL roster. As some graduate to the NHL others have filled their spots in the AHL, leaving Detroit’s system very top-heavy with prospects playing professionally.  

Read more»

Next wave of Detroit Red Wings prospects earn awards for 2013-14 seasons

by Adam Schnepp
on

Andreas Athanasiou - Barrie Colts

Photo: Andreas Athanasiou led the Barrie Colts in goals (49) and points (95) during his fourth season of junior hockey in the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have already graduated their first true wave of prospects in a number of years to the NHL, and there is a second wave that may be following quickly at their heels.

Read more»

Klimchuk heads talented group of winger prospects in the WHL

by Glen Erickson
on

Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand was one of just three WHL players to hit the 50-goal mark in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In the 2013-14 season regular season, the WHL featured a talented variety of wingers that are currently NHL prospects. The focus of this article is on the those WHL wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team, six of whom have signed NHL contracts. Our ranking consists of seven Canadians and three imports. Seven toiled in the WHL’s Western Conference, and our ranking contains a couple sets of teammates.

Read more»

Organizational depth at professional level the strength of Detroit Red Wings system

by Adam Schnepp
on

Calle Jarnkrok - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Calle Jarnkrok, playing in his first AHL season out of Sweden, joined a deep and talented pool of forwards developing with Detroit’s AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

It has been a gradual change, but most things associated with the Detroit Red Wings work that way. In a salary-cap constrained hockey landscape, Detroit can no longer simply outspend other franchises; Detroit knew this eight seasons ago and began to stockpile talent through the NHL Draft.

Read more»

Related Articles