Detroit — The Red Wings have signed Czech forward Tomas Nosek to an entry-level contract.
Nosek, 21, is a late bloomer. He went undrafted in the 2011 NHL entry draft but this past season led HC Pardubice in the Czech pro league with 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists) in 52 games, while also posting a team-best plus-17 rating.
In 10 playoff games, Nosek (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) had six points (three goals, three assists).
Nosek is a natural center but can also play the wing.
Jiri Fischer, the Red Wings' director of player development, coached Nosek at the World Juniors Championships in 2012.
Nosek will compete for an NHL roster spot in training camp but will most likely start the season in Grand Rapids.
It's unclear whether Nosek will be able to attend the Red Wings' development camp in early July in Traverse City.