Before stepping on the ice for Saint John, NHL Draft eligible defenceman Zboril was well schooled in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. With older brother Adam having spent the 2012-13 season with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Zboril knew what was in store.
But the tough transition of adapting to a new culture, both at and away from the rink, was met by the 18-year-old.
"At the start it was pretty hard to say goodbye to my father," Zboril told NHL.com earlier this month. "But I was pretty excited to live on my own. It was hard to say goodbye, but when I got here it was not so bad."
The move came as a push towards a National Hockey League career.
Zboril developed with Brno, but after he had 21 points in 36 games with the under-20 team last season as a 16-year-old, but eyed a move to the QMJHL to further gain playing time and, as a result, exposure.
With 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games, he did just that, showing there’s a flair for the offensive to match a bit of grumpiness in his game.
And it’s a combination that makes Zboril an intriguing option for teams eyeing a defenceman.
Born: February 21, 1997
Hometown: Bryno, CZE
Position: D (Left Shot)
Team: Saint John (QMJHL)
CSS Rank: 12th among North American Skaters
FC Rank: 14th overall
ISS Rank: 22nd overall
Guillaume Gervais of Future Considerations: “Love this kid’s willingness to play a little dirty defensively and contribute to the offensive side of the game as well. He has some areas and wrinkles to work out and improve upon but he is a versatile defenceman that’s got all the raw tools it takes to become a top-pair minute munching defenceman in the NHL one day.”
Dennis MacInnis of International Scouting Service: “Highly effective defenceman all over the ice, has smarts and physical assets to produce both sides of the puck. Has grit and plays very well with the puck.”
Dan Marr of Central Scouting: "We think he's a solid two-way player. His game with the puck, without the puck, I don't know there's too many holes in his game. … He's a solid two-way guy that these are the type of guys you see playing in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs."
As a lead-in to the 2015 NHL Draft, CalgaryFlames.com will outline potential targets for the Calgary Flames with the 15th overall pick in the first round on draft day on June 26th.