Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dogs Select Czech D-Man 5th Overall

The Saint John Sea Dogs used the fifth overall pick in today’s Canadian Hockey League Import Draft to select Czech defenseman Jakub Zboril.

Zboril is 1997 born, making him eligible for next year’s NHL Draft. He is listed at just under 6’1” and 185 lbs.

According to Elite Prospects, the d-man played in 36 games with HC Kometa Brno U20 last season and recorded five goals and 16 assists. In 27 games with the Czech Republic under-18 team, he registered four goals and six assists.

Jerome Berube of calls Zboril a “two way defenseman who can play physical.”

"This big defenseman is as versatile as they come and has the potential to become a star in the National Hockey League,” writes Radoslav Vavrina of Hockey’s Future. “On the blue line, he tends to use his cannon shot often, which creates a lot of good opportunities, but he can pass the puck, as well. In his own zone, Zbořil either uses his body to flatten players to gain control of the puck, or he can accomplish this with his stick. The best thing about him is that he's a 2015 NHL Draft prospect and has more than a year to become a top prospect in his draft year."

Zboril is the younger brother of Adam Zboril who used to play with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Saint John picks again at 65th overall.

The OHL’s Sarnia Sting selected Czech forward Pavel Zacha with the first overall pick. He is touted as a top-10 pick for the loaded 2015 NHL Draft. It appears as though this was a terrible pick by the Sting.
The Quebec Remparts had the QMJHL’s first pick with the No. 2 selection. The 2015 Memorial Cup hosts selected Vladislav Kamenev, a Russian forward who was selected by the Nashville Predators in last weekend’s NHL Draft. 

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