Top prospect expresses dissatisfaction

Top prospect expresses dissatisfaction

David Jiricek, a top prospect for the Columbus Blue Jackets, has publicly expressed his displeasure with being relegated to the American League.

Jiricek said, as Athletic reporter Aaron Portzline said, his place is in the National League.

“I played good hockey in the NHL. I'm an NHL player right now. It is my opinion. I should be in the NHL by now.”

The Czech defenseman, who was drafted sixth overall in 2022, spoke of other defensemen in his class who he believes have a better chance of making a name for themselves.

“I see guys from the same draft like Simon Nemec and Kevin Korchinski…they play on the power play. They play a lot of minutes in the NHL. They are different teams and different situations, but I can compare myself with them. I just want a chance like her.”

Blue Jackets head coach Pascal Vincent says he understands Jiricek's reaction, although he ultimately believes this decision will aid his young player's development.

“I told him not to lose this role,” emphasized Vincent. We need it from him. This confidence is an important element of his game. I understand. My daughter wants her own car. She is 13 years old. This is the Amazon effect. Everyone wants it to happen immediately.”