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Fantasy Summary

A gritty player who has decent skill to his game also. He keeps improving and is a legit prospect who could be valuable in multi-cat leagues.


Observations

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March 2022- Despite seeing a few games with Arizona, Jenik has spent the majority of 2021-22 in Tucson. He’s been one of the club’s best players, so far putting up 15 goals and 35 points in 40 games. Jenik has been hot lately too with 10 points in his last eight games of action. Expect to see another call-up towards the end of this campaign and Jenik finish the year with Arizona. Keith Duggan

October 2021- An outside chance of making the Coyotes opening night roster, another year of AHL development won out and Jenik will begin 2021-22 with Tucson. He did impress Coyotes brass, though. “He had a great camp,” said Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong of Jenik. “You could certainly see the difference in his game with the added strength and I think he added a step in his skating. He has what we like in our culture with those first and second efforts and with that determination and grit that he has, he really brings an element to the game that we like. He’s got to go down to Tucson and continue to work on his game, make those small improvements to become an NHL player, but I like what I saw and again, he has taken good steps in the right direction.” Keith Duggan

May 2021- It was expected to be an adjustment year for Jenik after missing nearly a year with a injury and the COVID pandemic. Adjustment year would be the best way to classify it as the young forward went through an up and down campaign. After starting off the AHL season with a bang, five points in his first four games, he then had two points in his next 21 games. All before finishing the year with six points in his last four games, which included a call-up to the Coyotes where Jenik scored two goals in as many contests. While his offense struggled at times, Jenik still played his gritty game, hitting anything that moves, sticking up for teammates and getting under the skin of opponents. He finished 18th in penalty minutes with 50, third among AHL rookies. He’ll spend another year in Tucson with possibility of a few call-ups to the big club. Keith Duggan

January 2021- Jenik scored five goals and eight points in seven games playing for Imatran Kettera in Finland. He now returns to North America, where Jenik will play for Tucson when the AHL campaign begins. Keith Duggan

November 2020- The Coyotes have loaned Jenik to Imatran Kettera of Mestis, a Tier-ll Finnish league. He’s expected to play his first game in mid-November after the National Team break. When the NHL/AHL season starts back up, Jenik will return to North America. This is good news to see Jenik back in game action, as he hasn’t suited up since injuring his knee in early January. Keith Duggan

January 2020- Horrible news was recently revealed as Jenik has suffered a knee injury at the World Junior Championship that will reportedly require surgery and keep him out the rest of the season. As of right now, he’ll definitely miss the rest of the tournament and Coyote doctors are reviewing his MRI and will work with Jenik’s agent on a plan. This is terrible news for Jenik, who was having a monster year with Hamilton and was arguable the best player in the OHL. He also was having a strong tournament for the Czech Team, putting up two goals and three points, including the game-winning against Russia on home ice in his squads first contest. In a game against USA, Jenik collided rather innocently with American Jake Pivonka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWKu1Ko97pA, then went down and stay down in obvious pain clutching his knee. Keith Duggan

December 2019- Unlike last year where Jenik was a last second addition to the Czech lineup for the 2019 World Junior Championships, he was quickly named to the team and should be a top player for the 2020 squad. Last year, he was one of the youngest members of the team but now Jenik will be a leader on a squad hoping to make some noise on home ice. He’s been lights out playing in the OHL this season, putting together a 26-game point streak, tallying 56 points along the way to start the campaign. Playing alongside LA Kings prospect Arthur Kaliyev on the first line for Hamilton, the two have been unstoppable. Jenik will bring that offensive confidence into the WJHC tournament, where he’ll be a treat for the home fans to watch. Keith Duggan

November 2019- The breakout campaign continues for Jenik has he has been named OHL Player of the Week for Nov. 13-Nov. 17. He racked up a league-leading 10 points including five goals and five assists over three games. Jenik is currently second in the OHL scoring with 43 points (17-26-43) over 20 games. Jenik has recorded a point in each game he’s played this year and is currently on a run of four consecutive multi-point outings. Keith Duggan

October 2019- Jenik had a very strong rookie and main training camps with the Coyotes. He was signaled out as one of the team’s top players in the rookie camp. Jenik was inevitably returned to Hamilton of the OHL but left a good impression on management. He’s a prospect on the rise. Keith Duggan

June 2019- Jenik played very well in the OHL, picking up 13 goals and 30 points in 27 games for Hamilton, playing on a line at times with expected 2019 first-rounder Arthur Kaliyev. The gritty forward kept up his physical game too, racking up 49 PIM. Jenik is expected to return to Hamilton for 2019-20 and put up bigger numbers now being a year older and adjusted to the OHL. Keith Duggan

January 2019-  It took a few games for Jenik to get into the Czech lineup for the WJHC but when he finally did it was a solid showing. Named player of the game against Canada, Jenik picked up two assists in three games. Shortly after the tournament ended, his OHL rights were traded to the Hamilton Bulldogs from Flint for a pair of draft picks. The best news is Jenik will report to Hamilton and should be in their lineup as soon as possible. Bringing size and skill, he likes to play a physical style and seems more tailor-made to play in the CHL rather than in the Czech league. Jenik brings versatility to the team as he can play both wing and center. He’s expected to center Hamilton’s top line in his first game with the team. Keith Duggan

December 2018- After coming down to the wire, Jenik has made the Czech team for the 2019 WJHC. Expected to play a depth role with the team, don’t sleep on Jenik as he’s made a name for himself before in these short tournaments. Keith Duggan

December 2018 –  The youngest player in the 2018 draft, Jenik was born Sept. 15, 2000. If he had been born one day later Jenik would have had to go into the 2019 NHL draft. A speedy and crafty player, he was considered one of the best Czech prospects for the 2018 draft behind Filip Zadina and Martin Kaut. Much like Kaut, he’s a secure two-way player who works hard and has a good amount of skill but his skating and edge work needs improving. Jenik has a nasty side to him though and likes to play a physical game and go into the dirty areas for the puck. Playing in three different Czech leagues last season, he finished with a combined 100 penalty minutes in 43 games. He also nearly dropped the gloves with a much bigger and experienced Boko Imama of the LA Kings in the Coyotes rookie tournament. To continue playing this style he’ll need to fill out more on his 6-1 frame, Jenik currently comes in at just 165 lbs. He had a monster Hlinka Memorial Tournament last year, scoring six goals and seven points in five games. Jenik was drafted sixth overall in the CHL import draft by Flint but decided to keep playing in the Czech league. This season he’s split time between playing in the top Czech Extraliga league and on loan to the 2nd Czech Republic Hockey League, where he has one goal and eight points in 23 games combined. In the end Jenik needs to show more consistency to his game. One play he looks like a grinder and then the next shift Jenik has a end-to-end rush. Keep an eye on him though he could potentially be a sleeper. Keith Duggan

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.2
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country CZE
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth September 15, 2000
Height 6‘1”
Weight 165 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 3; Overall: 65

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 BK Mlada Boleslav U16Czechia U161 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 BK Mlada Boleslav U16Czechia U1636 10 1626 10|        
 2014-2015 BK Mlada Boleslav U16Czechia U1637 11 1829 53|        
 2015-2016 Bili Tygri Liberec U16Czechia U167 9 716 8|Playoffs1 1 01
  Bili Tygri Liberec U18Czechia U1842 16 3147 26|Playoffs6 5 6<