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Fantasy Summary

Mobile defender with good size and a bomb of a shot from the point. Plays a physical brand of hockey and has the potential to contribute in a variety of ways as an NHL defenseman.


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December 2022 – Heading into the World Junior Championships, Jiricek has adapted well in his first year as a pro in North America, posting 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 19 games for the Cleveland Monsters in the AHL. He will be relied upon playing for the Czechia team at the WJC and be a driving force if they plan to have any success and make it to the medal rounds. Mark Dubreuil

July 2022 – Jiricek has been selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the sixth overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

December 2021 – Jiricek turned heads with his solid play at last year’s World Juniors as a draft-1 player and has continued to impress in his second season with Plzen in the top Czech professional league. On pace for one of the most productive seasons for a draft-eligible blueliner in league history and already playing over 18 minutes per game against men, Jiricek isn’t far off of making an impact in the NHL. Nick Richard

October 2021 – David Jiricek is a big piece of the future of Czech hockey which has not produced many quality defenders who could make the jump to the NHL in recent years. Jiricek has been playing pro hockey in Plzen since he was 16 years old. He has been tremendous so far this season and his coaches definitely see his talent as he averages just under 18 minutes on the ice per game. Jiricek has recorded three goals and eight points in 12 games with Plzen in top Czech league through the early part of the season.

Jiricek is a big, offensive-minded defenseman with one of the hardest shots in the draft. For a player his size, he is a fantastic skater with good edgework. Jiricek can lead the team on the man advantage as the powerplay quarterback by helping develop the play from the back end. He has great awareness of what is happening, so he can see plays unfolding before they happen. As you would expect from a player his size, he has a very heavy shot and he does a lot of damage with it. The Czech defender looks confident overall and plays an active game in all three zones. He is capable of rushing the puck up the ice and with his size it is very difficult to knock him off the puck or slow him down, helping him to be effective at gaining entry into the offensive zone. His size advantage allows him to be very aggressive defending on his own blue line and forcing the opposition to dump the puck into the zone rather than gaining clean zone entry. He is extremely physical and likes to lay big hits on opponents, especially along the boards. He still has areas of his game that require development, but Jiricek’s combination of size, mobility, and intelligence makes him a likely first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Marek Novotny

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country CZE
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth November 28, 2003
Height 6‘4”
Weight 199 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 1; Overall: 6

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Czech Knights QC Int PW6 0 00 4|        
 2017-2018 HC Plzen U16Czechia U1637 10 1525 16|Playoffs8 0 33
  Plzensky kraj U15ODM8 0 66 4|        
 2018-2019 HC Plzen U16Czechia U1637 19 2140 54|Playoffs3 0 11 43 
  HC Plzen U20Czechia U191 0 00 0|        
  Czechia U16 (all)International-Jr14 1 45 4|        
 2019-2020 HC Plzen U17Czechia U175 1 67 4|        
  HC Plzen U20DHL Cup24 6 1117 10|        
  HC Plzen U20DHL SuperCup7 4 04 18|        
  HC Plzen B U20Czechia U20 31 0 22 0|        
  HC PlzenCzechia4 0 00 2|        
  SHC KlatovyCzechia30 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Czechia U17 (all)International-Jr12 5 611 12|        
  Czechia U18 (all)International-Jr4 0 11 2|        
 2020-2021 HC PlzenCzechia34 3 69 34|Playoffs2 0 11
  Czechia U18WJC-184 0 00 8|        
  Czechia U18 (all)International-Jr8 2 13 14|        
  Czechia U20WJC-205 1 12 2|        
  Czechia U20 (all)International-Jr8 2 13 2|        
  Czechia EHT1 0 00 2|        
  Czechia (all)International1 0 00 2|        
 2021-2022 HC PlzenCzechia29 5 611 49|        
  Czechia U20 (all)WJC-20 Cancelled1 0 11 0|        
  Czechia EHT8 2 24 2|        
  Czechia U20WJC-207 0 44 2|        
  Czechia U20 (all)International-Jr18 2 911 12|        
  CzechiaWC5 1 12 0|        
  Czechia (all)International17 3 47 4|        
 2022-2023 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL4 0 00 2|        
  Czechia EHT2 0 00 0|        
  Cleveland MonstersAHL55 6 3238 36|        
  Czechia U20WJC-207 3 47 2|        
  Czechia U20 (all)International-Jr7 3 47 2|        
  Czechia (all)International3 0 00 0|        
 2023-2024 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL43 1 910 22|        
  Cleveland MonstersAHL29 7 1219 21|Playoffs14 3 811 10 

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