March 17, 2017
Earlier this week Matt Larkin of The Hockey News posted his list of the top 10 falling prospects in the National Hockey League and one of the Bruins top prospects was included. Defenseman Jakub Zboril has gone from being ranked as the 42ndtop prospect last season to falling all the way out of the top 100 this year.
“Just one more reason for Bruins fans to bemoan GM Don Sweeney trading Dougie Hamilton, then passing on Matt Barzal with three straight first-round picks to nab Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn at the 2015 draft. Zboril’s overall scouting report still shows promise, particularly on the physical side, as he’s a punishing physical player and strong on his skates. He’s been overshadowed on his own junior team, however, surpassed by Thomas Chabot with QMJHL Saint John, which is ironic because the Sea Dogs’ coaching staff instructed Chabot to try and be more like Zboril.
His focus has been called into question, and his reputation is described in Future Watch 2017 as that of a player “who’s not always there.” He’ll need to find his consistency and improve his skating a bit before he sniffs an NHL roster. Zboril remains a project, albeit one who could still wind up an impactful player for the Bruins in a few years.”
Do you still have high hopes for Jakub Zboril?