Andrej Nestrasil




Andrej Nestrasil

Andrej Nestrasil, RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 200

Born: 1991-02-22

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Drafted: 2009 by Detroit, 75th overall










November 2014- The numbers game forced Detroit to put Nestrasil on waivers for the purpose of sending him to the minors. Unfortunately with waivers there’s always the risk of losing the player and that’s exactly what happened with Nestrasil as he was scooped up by the Carolina Hurricanes and he rewarded them with a goal in his debut. Through 13 games with Detroit he was only able to muster up two assists but he got high praise from Coach Babcock for his ability to protect the puck and provide sound positional play. Detroit obviously didn’t want to lose him for nothing but that’s the nature of the beast when you are running a team when you have players of Datsyuk’s, Franzen’s and Weiss’s experience and calibre coming off of injured reserve. The pain of losing Nestrasil may be softened by the return of Weiss who has potted three goals in his first two games back. Ironically it’s his first three goals at home in his Red Wings tenure. It all comes back to taking advantage of the opportunity given to you and unfortunately for the young Czech forward he wasn’t able to make enough of an impact on the scoresheet to help the Red Wings win games and now he is plying his trade for the Hurricanes organization where he should be given ample opportunity to stick.  Travis Watson



October 2014- In one of the biggest surprises across the league, Andrej Nestrasil has earned a spot on the Red Wings opening night lineup. Nestrasil made the team after winning the training camp battle over top prospect Teemu Pulkkinen and fellow veteran Wings prospects Landon Ferraro and Mitch Callahan. Injuries to both Pavel Datsyuk and Anthony Mantha also likely played a role but that shouldn’t discredit his training camp and impressive preason. His effort landed him a spot on the second powerplay unit and the third line with the Wings 2014 savior Gustav Nyquist and speedster Darren Helm. This audition will be a great time for Andrej to prove that his hard work in the summer deserves to be rewarded and he belongs in the Motor City. If he gets sent down he would have to pass through waivers so if he impresses look for the Wings to find a place for place for him. Travis Watson



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July 2014- The Red Wings have brought back their 2009 third round pick on a one-year, two-way contract extension. Nestrasil improved mightly after being promoted to the top line along side Teemu Pulkkinen after the trade of Calle Jarnkrok. That trade right there opened up a bigger opportunity for the 23 year old Czech and he was able to take advantage and get himself another contract. If that move didn’t happen it’s likely he would be out of a job and out looking for another team to take a chance on him. He’s still a ways away from making a difference at the NHL level but he’s gotten himself back into the conversation of a potential player down the road. However, this isn’t a player you need to draft as the Red Wings have too many prospects in line ahead of him. Travis Watson


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