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David
Jiricek
Player Profile
Position
Defense
Team
HC Plzen
League
czechia
Height
6'3"
Weight
189 lbs
Place of Birth
Klatovy, CZE  

Jiricek, the No. 6 pick in the 2022 draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, is an all-round defenseman with stellar defensive flair and an impactful offensive game. He had a shaky start in this viewing, but really stepped up in the second and third period as no Slovakian player could get past him in the neutral zone. He shows fluid mobility in all directions with great edges and stops for a guy with his size. He displays incredible power in his stride and has second-gear acceleration. He’s also able to gain considerable speed in his crossovers. Jiricek exudes a calm, dominant presence on the ice. He has outstanding vision since he has the ability to see passing lanes through traffic. He shows remarkable patience and poise with the puck, and takes all the necessary time and space to pick his best option. He’s incredibly precise with his zone exit outlets, but can also take it though the neutral zone with speed. He frequently jumps in offense in the opponent’s zone and has the gut to deke players. But his most dangerous asset at the other end is his booming slap shot. He will also use his wrist shot mostly to get the puck to the net. Jiricek plays the body very well and gets the inside position in almost all of his battles, thanks to his tall frame. He has a really disruptive stick that he exhibits through his long reach and well-timed pokechecks. He loves to get physical, mean, and will profusely deliver huge hits, but he can cross the line sometimes and get bad penalties. Jiricek blossomed into a very dominant defenseman with a toolkit that fairly justify his draft position. He’s on his way to become a top-pair defenseman in the NHL down the road.

Joey Fortin Boulay
Scout Profile

Game Results

August 9, 2022
Czechia
5
Slovakia
4

Player Report

Skating 7
Shooting 6
Puckhandling 6
Playmaking 7
Offensive Awareness 7
Defensive Awareness 8
Compete 7

David Jiricek's Reports

Sep 17/22 David Jiricek 24119 – Blue Jackets vs. Blues PROSPECTS by Donesh Mazloum View Summary
Aug 13/22 David Jiricek 24064 – Czechia vs. Slovakia WJC-20 by Joey Fortin Boulay View Summary
Jun 13/22 David Jiricek 23967 – Czechia vs. Sweden WHC by Jackson Illes View Summary
Apr 23/22 David Jiricek 23781 – Germany vs. Czechia EXHIBITION by Miroslav Simurka View Summary
Jan 12/22 David Jiricek 23161 – Trinec vs. Plzen CZECH by Josh Bell View Summary
Sep 28/21 David Jiricek 22522 – Plzen vs. Ceske Budejovice CZECH by Miroslav Simurka View Summary
Aug 31/21 David Jiricek 22406 – Finland vs. Czech Republic 4NATIONS by Miroslav Simurka View Summary
Jun 13/21 David Jiricek 22246 – Olomouc vs. Plzen CZECH by Austin Broad View Summary
Apr 28/21 David Jiricek 22012 – Czech Republic vs. Germany WJC-18 by View Summary
Jan 8/21 David Jiricek 21545 – Czech Republic vs. Canada WJC-20 by Dylan Galloway View Summary
Dec 22/20 David Jiricek 21486 – Plzen vs. Vitkovice CZECH by Joseph Aleong View Summary