December 19, 2021

Jiricek, Mysak to lead Czechia into 2022 World Juniors

David Jiricek and Jan Mysak will each play an integral role for the Czech Republic at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Both selected as Top 3 Players at the World Juniors for the Czech team last year. 

The Czech Republic has not medalled at the tournament since 2005, and has not made the medal rounds since 2018. Jiricek and Mysak will need to be instrumental if the Czechs have any chance of pulling off some upsets and hopefully make it into the semifinals. 

“Jiricek has room to improve in all-three zones, but he is a beast in the making,” FCHockey scout Miroslav Simurka said. “He’s a rare combination of size and skill, physical presence and dominates in the defensive zone. He is a solid mobile skater, good in transition game. Jiricek has a bomb of a shot and will be a huge factor for the Czechs offensively so his puck management and improving the condition of the puck in the offensive zone will be critical.”

Jiricek, No. 15 in FCHockey’s Winter ranking for the 2022 draft, is a highly touted blueliner and will log major minutes on the back end in the tournament. He currently plays in the top Czech men’s league for HC Plzen and has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 29 games — already surpassing last year’s season totals of nine points (three goals, six assists) in 34 games.

The 17-year-old should be one of the top defensemen of the tournament and will see plenty of ice time in all situations for the Czech entry.

Mysak will be equally relied upon in the tournament. He’ll be expected to carry the majority of the offensive load. He is a feisty, hard-nosed forward, who displays some offensive upside. 

“He’s is an intelligent, hard-working forward,” Simurka said. “He can put the puck in the net and should be offensive leader for the Czechs at the World Juniors.”

Mysak comes with pro experience, too.

Last year, he played with Laval Rocket in the American Hockey League, where he collected two points in 22 games. This year with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Ontario Hockey League, Mysak has 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 25 games. 

Here is the projected roster for Team Czech Republic at the World Juniors:

G Jan Bednar 6’4″ 201 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL Detroit Red Wings 2020 4 107
G Daniel Kral 6’3″ 176 HC Benatky nad Jizerou Czech 2 2022
G Jakub Malek 6’4″ 172 VHK Vsetin Czech 2 New Jersey Devils 2021 4 100
D Michal Hradek 6’1″ 185 HC Dynamo Pardubice Czech 2022
D David Jiricek 6’3″ 190 HC Plzen Czech 2022
D Michael Krutil 6’3″ 203 Rockford Ice Hogs AHL Chicago Blackhawks 2020 4 110
D David Moravec 6’0″ 190 BK Mlada Boleslav Czech 2022
D Jakub Sedivy 6’1″ 196 Bili Tygri Liberec Czech 2022
D Stanislav Svozil 6’1″ 183 Regina Pats WHL Columbus Blue Jackets 2021 3 69
D Jiri Tichacek 5’9″ 170 Rytiri Kladno Czech 2022
F Jakub Brabenec 6’0″ 154 Charlottetown Islanders QMJHL Vegas Golden Knights 2021 4 102
F Tomas Chlubna 6’2″ 183 Motor Ceske Czech 2022
F Jaroslav Chmelar 6’4″ 209 Jokerit U20 U20 SM-sarja New York Rangers 2021 5 144
F Michal Gut 5’11” 185 Everett Silvertips WHL 2022
F Ivan Ivan 5’11” 172 Cape Breton Eagles QMJHL 2022
F Josef Kolacek 5’11” 176 HC Stadion Litomerice Czech 2 2022
F Jakub Konecny 5’10” 161 HC Sparta Praha Czech Buffalo Sabres 2020 7 216
F Jakub Kos 6’2″ 174 KOOVEE Mestis Florida Panthers 2021 6 184
F Jiri Kulich 6’0″ 172 HC Energie Karolovy Czech 2022
F Jan Mysak 6’0″ 181 Hamilton Bulldogs OHL Montreal Canadiens 2020 2 48
F Pavel Novak 5’9″ 170 Kelowna Rockets WHL Minnesota Wild 2020 5 146
F Martin Rysavy 6’3″ 218 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL Columbus Blue Jackets 2021 7 197
F Stanislav Vrhel 6’2″ 194 Peliitat Mestis 2022

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