On July 1st, Habs signed Jiri Sekac to a 2 year entry level deal.
In nearly 2 months the Kladno native went from unknown by Habs fans, to a guy who everybody thinks is a lock for the team.
Last year, Sekac really picked up his game and had 11 goals and 28 points in 47 games, good for second in points on the Prague Lev of the KHL.
According to reports from his agent Allan Walsh a dozen of teams contacted him, for his services.
He chose to come play with the bleu-blanc-rouge, where he’s joined by fellow Kladno native Tomas Plekanec.
Based on what was seen during this summer’s Development Camp, there is no reason why he couldn’t be ready to step up to NHL. However, that was only development camp but it’s clear he is a few steps ahead of the other habs prospects.
Sekac uses all his strengths to his ability, which includes his strength on the puck, which makes the 6″1 forward look bigger. He has a goal to drive the net and does it. He will likely provide the habs with some great secondary scoring on the 2nd or 3rd line. Which is greatly needed as the Habs only had Pacioretty as a pure goal scorer, who scored 39 and the next closest was Plekanec with 20. However next year, not only will Sekac help produce some timely goals, but Gallagher and Galchenyuk should both produce 20-25 goals if healthy all year.
He has been training hard this summer with developed Czech players: Jaromir Jagr, Jiri Tlusty, and future teammate Tomas Plekanec, who has given comparisons of Sekac to Pacioretty.
Now the question can Sekac live up to such high expectations or not?
Well, it’s clear if you saw him at the development camp earlier this summer, or just highlights of the camp, you’d know he looks more NHL ready than the others, at that camp and if haven’t seen it. Then here is a link to some of his highlights. http://youtu.be/S8qpVVrrTMk
However, I don’t think he will be as good as Pacioretty, but i believe, he will become a force in this league. Expect him to become a 20 goal, 45 point player at best, which isn’t bad at all. just no Pacioretty numbers.
I highly expect Sekac to be in Habs lineup come opening night.