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Fantasy Summary

Jiricek is a toolsy and violent defenceman who will need to work on his composure and decision-making pace to reach his lofty potential.


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November 2023 – Jiricek has struggled this season, hesitation has plagued his on-puck game in our viewings and the flashes of confidence and offensive play-driving he showed at the Hlinka over the summer have been few and far between in league play this year, both at the pro and U20 levels. That said, his tools forced our hand in keeping him inside our top 15. Few sub-160 lbs players are as vicious on a shift-to-shift basis as the younger Jiricek, his physicality is already a clear strength so once he adds 30-40 lbs to his frame, he’s going to be a scary sight. He uses his physicality intelligently too, always looking to separate player from puck. He covers a lot of ice despite his awkward stride mechanics and his strong edgework allows him to fluidly redirect his momentum, allowing him to physically adapt very quickly, but his anticipation doesn’t yet allow him to fully weaponize this tool. When he’s confident and making quick decisions, Jiricek has all the tools to become a capable two-way #2 or #3 defenseman, but questions remain for us. Most of those pertain to the mental side of the game. From missing secondary scoring threats to becoming a deer in the headlights under pressure while stationary, Jiricek has a few hurdles to overcome, but we have seen enough flashes to believe that there is a real chance he does so. Sebastian High (November Rankings: 14th Overall)

Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CZE
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 28, 2006
Height 6‘1”
Weight 152 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2018-2019 Czech Knights QC Int PW6 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 Plzensky kraj U15ODM6 1 34 2|        
 2021-2022 HC Plzen U17Czechia U1736 5 1520 14|Playoffs14 3 36
  HC Plzen U20Czechia U201 1 01 0|        
  Czechia U16 (all)International-Jr4 1 01 2|        
 2022-2023 HC Plzen U17Czechia U170 0 00 0|Playoffs8 1 1213
  Czechia U18 5-Ntn Zuchwil4 0 00 0|        
  HC Plzen U20Czechia U2041 12 1729 24|Playoffs1 0 00
  HC PlzenCzechia12 0 22 6|Playoffs0 0 00
  Czechia U17WHC-176 1 12 6|        
  Czechia U17 (all)International-Jr13 4 26 12|        
  Czechia U18WJC-185 0 11 2|        
  Czechia U18 (all)International-Jr14 0 44 8|        
 2023-2024 HC Plzen U20Czechia U203 0 00 0|        
  Czechia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 33 4|        
  HC PlzenCzechia19 0 11 2|        
  Czechia U18 (all)International-Jr9 1 34 6|        
  Czechia U20WJC-201 0 00 0|        
  Czechia U20 (all)International-Jr10 0 00 0|        
 2024-2025 HC PlzenCzechia- - -- -|