BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 15, the club has signed defenseman Jakub Zboril to an entry-level contract.
Zboril, 18, is a native of Brno, Czech Republic, and played last season in Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He finished third among league rookie defensemen in scoring with 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points and 73 penalty minutes in 44 games. His 13 goals established the club record for goals by a rookie defenseman (previously five). He was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team at the end of the season.
The 6”1”, 184 lb. blueliner is a left shot who played the 2013-14 season with his hometown HC Kometa Brno junior team where he had 5-16=21 totals and 57 PIM in 36 games. He has twice represented the Czech Republic in international play, winning Silver medals each at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (4-2=6 totals in five games) and the 2014 U-18 World Junior Championship (0-3=3 in seven games).
The Bruins selected Zboril in the first round (13th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.