Prospects on mend following surgeries
Coreau, Tvrdon expect to be ready for July's development camp
DETROIT – A pair of Red Wings’ prospects are recovering from surgery and will be ready for the team’s development camp in July.
Undrafted free agent Jared Coreau (shoulder) and 2011 fourth-round draft pick Marek Tvrdon (blood clot) are in Detroit this week meeting with team officials and coaches. Both are expected to attend the team’s Traverse City training camp in September with hopes of making the franchise’s American Hockey League club in Grand Rapids.
Coreau is a 6-foot-4 goalie, who was signed earlier this month following the conclusion of his junior collegiate season at Northern Michigan University. Despite playing with a damaged labrum, the Perth, Ontario, native started every game last season for the Wildcats, recording a 15-19-4 record with a 2.70 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.
The surgery was to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder that he’d dealt with for a few years, Coreau said.
“I had it for a while,” said Coreau, of the shoulder injury. “Actually, as a junior, it was the best year. It was stronger than ever. It’s kind of a thing that needs to be strengthened all of the time and I had a trainer take care of that. This way I won’t have to worry about it. It will be pretty much better than the old one.”
Like fellow undrafted college player, Danny DeKeyser – who signed with the Red Wings a week earlier – Coreau had choices. But in the end, he decided to sign with Detroit, instead of the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
“I’m ecstatic. It’s an Original Six team,” Coreau said. “The culture, the history, the heritage here is just super rich and other teams that I visited just didn’t have that.”
Tvrdon had more of a scare when his left arm swelled to twice its size before a junior game in Vancouver last November. Doctors located an isolated blood clot in a single vein that required the removal of a rib.
“Pretty scary,” the 20-year-old Slovakian said. “I was on the ice one day and my left arm was all swollen. I called my doctor in Vancouver and the next week I had surgery.”
According to Tvrdon, doctors couldn’t determine a cause for the clot.
“Probably some hit,” he said, “because they took out my first rib where the blood clot was.”
Tvrdon’s three-season junior experience with the WHL’s Giants wasn’t the most pleasant. Coupled with the blood clot, he had shoulder surgery that ended his 2010-11 season after 12 games.
Last season, Tvrdon was the Giants’ second-leading scorer behind Brendan Gallagher, the Montreal Canadiens right wing who is in the discussion for this year’s Calder Award as the NHL’s top rookie.
Trvdon, who produced 45 goals and 62 assists in 90 career WHL games, hasn’t skated since the surgery, but hopes to this weekend in Grand Rapids under the watchful eye of Jiri Fischer, the Red Wings’ director of player development.
“I’m feeling so much better, but I haven’t been back on the ice,” Tvrdon said. “Pretty excited. My junior career is over, I think, so I’m pretty excited to turn pro.”