Minnesota Wild Prospects: Pavel Jenys Signs Entry-Level Deal


Czech Center Pavel Jenys agrees to an entry-level contract

Just weeks after signing an amateur try-out with the Iowa Wild, Pavel Jenys agreed to terms on a 3-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.

Hailing from the Czech Republic, where he played for HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga, Jenys picked up 33 points (15g-18a) in 45 games with the Brno U-20 team over parts of 3 seasons before being drafted in the 7th round, 199th overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft. In the same year, he was selected in the first round 31st overall during the CHL import draft.

After being drafted, Jenys moved to the OHL and played 63 games with the Sudbury Wolves, picking up 15 goals to go along with 30 assists, leading the Wolves in scoring. After the OHL season came to an end with the Wolves missing the playoffs, Jenys signed an Amateur Try-Out with the Iowa Wild where he collected 3 assists in 7 games.


The 21st ranked intentional skater by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service, Jenys fell all the way to the Wild in the 7th round even though he was projected to go around round 3. I’m not sure why he fell, but it can only benefit the Wild as they have a young player with huge upside.

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With big changes in Iowa coming and the Wild thin at the center position, Pavel Jenys has a shot to play legitimate minutes with the Iowa Wild next season. With Kyle Brodziak due to depart for free agency and Erik Haula underperforming, the Wild’s need at center is becoming more apparent. Like many European skaters, Jenys will likely need a few seasons in the AHL to grow accustomed to the North American game, which is fine. Multiple reports praise Jenys’ ability along the boards and in front of the net. Jenys likely isn’t the next late-round steal; however, he’s got good size and might just be the bottom-6 pivot man the Minnesota Wild will need down the road.

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