Columbus Blue Jackets 2022 NHL Picks First Round

7 July 2022;  Montreal, Quebec, Canada;  David Jiricek after being named sixth in the selection for Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft at Bell Center.

Within the 2021 NHL Draft, the Blue Jackets chosen two of the 12 greatest strikers and chosen two forwards, Kent Johnson and Cole Sillinger, who had been instantly thought-about the cornerstone of the offensive lineup for the longer term.

A yr later, Common Supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen discovered himself in roughly the identical place. The Jackets entered the primary spherical of the draft Thursday night time at Montreal’s Bell Middle with sixth and twelfth locations general, and are as soon as once more making ready to choose two top-tier gamers within the first spherical who will make a huge effect on the group.

FILE - David Jiricek of the Czech Republic (5) celebrates a goal against Canada during the first period of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. Jiricek is a potential pick in the NHL Draft, (Jason) Franson/The Canadian Press via AP , a file)

With their first decide, the sixth decide general, Jackett recruited David Jerichek, a defender from the HC Plzen Czech staff Extraliga.

Jerichek, who has additionally represented the Czech Republic at worldwide under-20 and males’s degree this yr, is without doubt one of the greatest defenders on this recruiting class. Proper-handers are a extremely sought-after commodity within the NHL, and Jiricek provides the wanted quantity along with his fingers at 6-3 and round 190 lbs. He scored 5 targets and made six assists in 29 video games this season.