Rumor: Top Prospect Reportedly On The Verge Of Demanding A Trade
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY FEBRUARY 11, 2024 (12:31)
Jiricek Unhappy With Deployment This Season From Columbus Blue Jackets
Jiricek has played in 36 games for the Blue Jackets this season. In those games he's averaging less than 15 minutes of ice-time and he has seen virtually no powerplay time. This has lead to him questioning why he's not being given more of an opportunity given that he sees other young defensemen playing major roles for their teams.
This has lead to much speculation that he could request a trade from the team. He has since been demoted to the American Hockey League where he is averaging more than 20 minutes per game and is playing in a top powerplay role. However, the demotion seems to have served the defenseman well.
Jiricek Scores First Career Hat Trick
Upon being sent to the AHL, Jiricek has proceeded to light the league on fire. He is scoring at a point-per-game pace and he even had his first career Hat Trick in professional hockey earlier this month.
It is now being reported that Jiricek is unlikely to be traded. Still though, this is a situation to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Given the way he's playing, Jiricek already seems to deserve a promotion back to the NHL. Will it come?