23 Options for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2024 NHL Draft - Adam Jiricek

The Czech Defenseman is still seen as a top draft prospect despite an injury upending his season
Adam Jiricek vs Canada - 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship
Adam Jiricek vs Canada - 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship / Minas Panagiotakis/GettyImages
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"His currency from events past and his brother’s high draft position will play in his favour, and likely have him taken higher than this ranking (23) would suggest." - Sam Cosentino/Sportsnet

"Jiricek has the upside to develop into an elite two-way defenseman at the NHL level, who’s extremely tough to play against. The highly competitive defender loves to engage in battles in front of the net and lay punishing hits near the boards." - Anni Karvinen/DobberProspects

"Despite the injury, Jiricek should still get selected in the first round – just not in the top 10 like everyone expected before the World Juniors." - Matthew Zator/The Hockey Writers

Offensively, we didn’t get to see the best from Jiricek this season as he started the year seeming reserved in the Czech men’s league." - Tony Ferrari/The Hockey News


"It may take a bit longer, as he lost half of a year to an injury, but Jiricek has all of the tools to want from a solid top-four blueliner." - Tony Ferrari