Jiri (NSFW) Tlusty

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You know Stumpy and Rusty and Grabbo and Killer,

Tiger and Teeder and Frodo and Giller.

But do you recall

The most famous nickname of all?

Jiri the NSFW

had a very famous pose

and if you ever saw it,

well, it was you and about 10 million other people.

It says something about the age we live in that the defining moment for a first-round draft pick was not a particular goal or a memorable play but instead the social networking gaffe of a lifetime.  Appropriately, his exit from the Leafs was similarly documented on Facebook.  Rumour has it (it was on a radio phone in show, so it has to be true) that his profile page was full of statements about how he never got a chance here and how he was going to come back and burn the Leafs.  Jiri, apparently, has learned something because

"Jiri only shares certain information with everyone."

Truly, his stay in Toronto was not without value.

I jest, of course.  Like pretty much every other pick the Leafs ever make, particularly first-rounders, I had high hopes for Jiri.  I was pretty pleased that he played most of a season as a teenager and I kept figuring that eventually he'd bust out and really show something. 

Apparently, I now have to wait for it to happen in Albany.

I had sort of figured that since they'd gone to the trouble of trading for him and reuniting him with Paul Maurice, they'd at least give him a sniff with the big club.  This may happen, but just not yet.

As for the song, I probably could have taken it further, but I had sort of painted myself into a corner where the only things I could think of were themselves NSFW.  It would have been a fitting tribute, but not for today.  I leave that to the rest of you.

Goodbye and good luck, NSFW.  I'm really going to miss that nickname.


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This would be about as good a moment as old NSFW had in a Leafs uniform:

 

Jiri's stats (NSFW):

 2001-02  HC Kladno U17  CzR-U17  1   0   0   0   0 
 2002-03  HC Kladno U17  CzR-U17  48   28   17   45   22   10   5   4   9   12 
 2003-04  HC Kladno U17  CzR-U17  1   0   0   0   2   1   0   0   0   2 
 2003-04  HC Kladno Jr.  CzRep-Jr.  51   10   3   13   12   1   0   0   0   0 
 2004-05  HC Kladno Jr.  CzRep-Jr.  42   15   12   27   54   10   2   2   4   8 
 2004-05  Czech Republic  WJ18-A  7   3   0   3   2 
 2005-06  HC Kladno Jr.  CzRep-Jr.  6   4   2   6   2   6   7   6   13   6 
 2005-06  HC Rabat Kladno  CzRep  44   7   3   10   51 
 2006-07  Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds  OHL  37   13   21   34   28   +1   13   9   8   17   14 
 2006-07  Toronto Marlies  AHL  6   3   1   4   4   +2 
 2007-08  Toronto Maple Leafs  NHL  58   10   6   16   14   -12 
 2007-08  Toronto Marlies  AHL  14   7   11   18   8   +10   19   2   8   10   8 
 2008-09  Toronto Maple Leafs  NHL  14   0   4   4   0   0 
 2008-09  Toronto Marlies  AHL  66   25   41   66   26   +11   6   1   2   3   2 
 2009-10  Toronto Marlies  AHL  19   8   7   15   4   -7 
 2009-10  Toronto Maple Leafs  NHL  2   0   0   0   0   -2 
 2009-10  Albany River Rats  AHL  1   0   0   0   0   0 
 NHL/Leaf Totals  74   10   10   20   14   -14 

- Traded to Carolina by Toronto for Pierre Paradis, December 3, 2009.


the HHOF take on Jiri (NSFW):

"Jiri Tlusty was born March 16, 1988 in Slany, Czech Republic. The first round, 13th overall selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Tlusty honed his skills in his homeland with HC Kladno in the Czech Republic Junior League.

A proven goal scorer, Tlusty competed in 2005-06 with Klado and tallied seven goals in 40 games before he arrived in North America. In 2006-07, Tlusty played six games with the Leafs' AHL affiliate, but spent the rest of his time with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League. After a stellar regular season and an outstanding playoff with the Greyhounds, Tlusty would dress for 58 games of the Maple Leafs 2007-08 season. "

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