St. Louis Blues: Will Adam Jecho turn out to be the Blues' steal in the 2024 draft?

With nine selections in the 2024 NHL Draft, the St. Louis Blues have plenty of prospects. However, one offensive threat stands out: Adam Jecho.
2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

Drafted 95th overall, the 30th pick in the third-round, center Adam Jecho is an intriguing selection in this year's draft.

The 18-year-old native of Zlin, CZE, stands at 6’5” and weighs 197lbs.

His notable play comes from the WHL (Western Hockey League).

In 2023-24, he played for the Edmonton Oil Kings, a team known to develop young players further and hone their skills.

Edmonton Oil Kings:

2023-24: 54 games, 23 goals, 24 assists, 47 points.

His noteworthy size makes him a perfect prospect for further development in the weight room.

“Massive winger with solid puck protection tools and composure. The skills and skating hold him back, but should become a solid third-line checking forward,” Dobber Prospects.

If size is any indicator of how his dream of obtaining ice time in the NHL might be, he has a notable advantage. His 6'5" frame gives him a physical presence on the ice, making him a formidable opponent. But what makes him more impressive is his performance in the WHL.

Earning 47 points in his first year is an outstanding achievement that he can certainly build upon. Within the Oil Kings play in 2023-24, Jecho finished fifth in total points and third in goal scoring.

Known for his forceful shooting, EliteProspects noted his puck handling and skating were notable for a skater his size.

Representing Czechia in the International Junior Tournament, Jecho played 18 games in 2023-24, scoring 7 goals and recording 4 assists. In the World Junior Championship tournament, he played in 5 games, recording 2 points and 1 assist in the same year. His international performance is something Blues fans will be impressed with.

Blues fans should keep their eye on Jecho. While some scouts project him as a safe 3rd liner in the NHL, he could be a more promising player, given his ability to shoot well and handle the puck. We shouldn't forget that his size makes him an impressive prospect.