When Czech world junior coach Filip Pesan was picking his squad for the 2018 tournament in Buffalo, he thought back to his day job in the Czech League. There, Pesan is the bench boss for Bili Tygri Liberec. And whenever his squad played Pirati Chomutov, youngster Jakub Lauko stood out. “This guy plays against my team, and he’s awesome, even if he’s young,” Pesan said. “He has speed, he’s strong, he finishes his checks, and I like the way he plays.”
Lauko went to the world juniors and used his speed and physicality to help the Czechs advance to the semifinal in one of their best finishes in years. Coupled with his work in the Czech League, Lauko had a solid enough resume to get drafted 77th overall by the Bruins in 2018. Now, the mission is to work out the kinks in his game. “It’s the cons...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.