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Zboril, Saint John Capture President's Cup

Bruins defense prospect helps Sea Dogs capture QMJHL crown

by Chris Weyant @NHLBruins / - Tally another reason for why the Bruins future looks so bright.

Defense prospect Jakub Zboril, the Bruins 13th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, helped the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League capture the President's Cup with a 5-1 victory over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old defenseman provided offense, in addition to rock solid play on the blueline. In 16 playoff games, Zboril potted three goals and four assists, along with a plus-10 rating.

Zboril, a native of the Czech Republic, has spent his last three seasons with Saint John. He had his best year to date this season, where he amassed 41 points (nine goals and 32 assists) in 50 games, along with a plus-19 rating.

Saint John won the President's Cup final in convincing fashion, sweeping the Armada, while outscoring them by a combined 17-4. The Sea Dogs will now play for the Memorial Cup, awarded annually to the Canadian Hockey League champion, which begins next week.

Zboril and his teammates dominated throughout the tournament, sweeping four game series against the Rimouski Oceanic and Val-d'Or Foreurs in Rounds 1 and 2. Their longest series came in the President's Cup semi-finals, where they defeated the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in six games.

Saint John's 48-14-5-1 regular season record was good for 102 points and the conference title. Their 29.9% success rate on the power play ranked tops in the league, aided by seven power-play goals from Zboril.

Given Saint John's success this season, Bruins fans can take note that the young defenseman in the pipeline doesn't seem to like losing.

That should be good news for Boston.

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