Young, fast, skilled, Czech. The four words that best describe undrafted free agent KHL forward Jiri Sekac.
According to “rumors” Sekac has a dozen teams interested in signing him. The Devils are among that group and possibly are the frontrunners.
Commander of the rumors, Vishal Hussain, New Jersey Devils fan, HF Boards legend, and voice of the OHL’s Oshawa Generals has tweeted a few times about the Devils’ connection with Sekac. Most recently he tweeted this:
— Vishal Hussain (@vishal_hussain) June 10, 2014
Not sure who his “european sources” are, but this is good enough to start rumors and entertaining the idea of the Devils landing the young forward.
Sekac, 22, has spent the last three years playing for Lev Praha of the KHL. In 47 games this past season, Sekac scored 11 goals and had 28 points. The Czech winger also played 10 games in the IIHF World Championship this year alongside the Devils’ fellow countrymen Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, and Marek Zidlicky.
Playing with three of the many veteran players on the Devils surely would make New Jersey a good fit for him to start his NHL career. This fact gives the rumor a little reasoning to be believable.
Bringing him on board will be a low-risk, high-reward move for the Devils. The kid is 22, well below the average age of the Devils. He has started to show some signs of being a potent goal scorer, which the Devils seriously lack. He has size, Sekac is listed at 6’2″ 176lbs. He is on the lightweight side, but with some bulking up he can become a large presence on the ice to go along with his great skating ability.
Devils fans should keep an eye out for his name in the coming weeks as free agency approaches. It would be a great move for the Devils to get him.