Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Jakub Zboril poses for a photo with team executives after being selected as the number thirteen overall pick to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA

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Bruins defenseman Jakub Zboril didn't expect to be called up, but excited for opportunity

Erin Walsh
November 13, 2018 - 2:44 pm

Defenseman Jakub Zboril has officially been recalled from the Providence Bruins.

Zboril has played 13 games with Providence this season, tallying four points (two goals, two assists). The 21-year-old told WEEI.com’s Matt Kalman that he wasn't expecting to get a call from Boston on Monday, but is more confident after his first practice with the team.

“Actually yes, I didn’t expect it because yesterday I was driving up to Boston just dropping off my girlfriend at the airport, came back to my apartment in Providence and all of a sudden I got called up," he said. "I said. 'Oh wow,' so I just packed my stuff.”

Zboril added: “When I got the call yesterday I actually just started sweating right away. I was like, 'Oh wow.' I got so nervous, I fell down on my belly. Right now after practice I feel pretty confident and excited for it.”

The Czech Republic native wasn’t happy with the way he started the season in Providence, but things have certainly picked up since.

“My game has felt pretty good,” said Zboril. “Didn’t start off really well at the beginning of the season. I wasn’t really happy, coaches weren’t really happy. They sat me down for a game. I cleared my head, started playing a little bit different in game with more pace, more urgency in my game and started picking it up.”

Zboril hopes to show off his defensive skills in order to remain with Boston.

“Being hard in the defensive zone, being strong in front of the net, close quickly and with time some opportunities in the offensive zone will come,” he said. “Just play from the defensive side of the ice and it will come.”

Zboril added: “It just feels incredible, just being here, being a part of this organization and finally getting called up, it’s a dream come true. Now, just keep going at it and try to get that chance to play in a game.”

The left-shot defenseman was drafted by the Bruins in the first round (No. 13 overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.