The late round picks of the Minnesota Wild have looked impressive this season. Among them, Pavel Jenys, from Brno in the Czech Republic, has looked good in his first season in the North America. Playing for the OHL's Sudbury Wolves, a team that has only won 3 out 18 games this year, Jenys has scored 4 goals and tallied 10 assists which puts him in a three way tie for the points lead on his team. A left shooting center, Jenys plays crucial roles on Sudbury's penalty kill and power play. It's encouraging to see him contributing meaningfully to his team as he adjusts to North American hockey.
An energetic player, Jenys makes plays by skating to the net and being aggressive in all three zones. He's got the defensive ability of a skilled depth player and demonstrates the sort of scoring at the junior level that could translate well to a third or fourth line player in professional hockey. His speed would definitely be an asset at higher levels of hockey. He's not afraid to shoot, and can get into scoring areas. He also has a hard shot. This collection of characteristics mean that he has enough scoring ability that he could produce at the pro level. He is also aggressive defensively and mindful of his defensive responsibly, which is a good trait to have for a Wild prospect. He's not overly physical, but can hit effectively when the situation calls for it. It's easy to see that the Wild would have placed value on his size as well as his two-way play.
Mike Repertorio described him for Pro Puck Prospect:
"Jenys, a hard battler with great size, started the season at the U20 level before a well-deserved promotion. Offensively, Jenys brings a hard and accurate shot as well as a strong net front presence. He needs to add some crispness to his passing and needs to avoid doing too much though if he is going to round out his offensive game."
Hockey's Future mentioned his inconsistant effort level highlighted his size and character:
"Jenys is a big, intimidating forward whose career has gone very far thanks to his hard work and big heart. The 6-foot-2 center suffers from inconsistency and his hands are not as smooth as those of other top prospects. He's been able to make up for that with his size as far at the junior hockey level, and with his attitude among the pros. Jenys never took a shift off while up in the Extraliga playing amongst men, but he did not always show that kind of effort in juniors."
One of the reasons that he was available to the Wild in the 7th round is that his effort level was not always consistent. Last year, he started the season with strong play that slowed and he was not invited to participate for the Czech Republic in the U18 tournament last spring.
Pavel Jenys had a good game October 24th versus Peterborough scoring 3 assists, two of which were primary assists on goals that don't get scored without his drive to the net. He wears 21 in blue on this video, and he assists on the first goal in the video, and the goal by Buffalo Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste at the one minute and four second mark.
I think the Wild got great value by drafting him 199th overall last summer. Every player available at that point in the draft is going to have weaknesses, and the weaknesses displayed by Jenys can be coached. To get a player with both size and skill in the 7th round is remarkable, and the Wild did well with selecting him.