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Fantasy Summary

Dangerously fast forward with potential to put up points. Capable of playing center but likely ends up being a winger.


Observations

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April 2020 – Lauko is having an excellent season in Providence and sits tied for the team lead with 17 points in 19 games. On top of his speed and shot, the young winger has shown a bit of bite to his game with three fighting majors on the year. He will likely push for an NHL roster spot in 2021-22, and once there could provide good depth before eventually pushing for a top-six scoring role. Chris Mazza

September 2020 – Lauko has been loaned by Boston to HC Energie Karlovy Vary of his native Czech Republic. He will remain with the team until NHL training camp begins for 2020-2021. Chris Mazza

April 2020 – This year’s hockey shutdown is just another in an unfortunate string of bad luck for Lauko in his first season with Providence. Three separate long-term absences for the young winger have derailed his campaign, including a scary concussion, a sprained MCL and the most recent global health pandemic. He was having an otherwise successful rookie year, managing five goals and nine points through 22 games. He added 24 penalty minutes and 32 shots on goal, proving his value across multiple scoring categories. Lauko will likely spend all of next season in the AHL, where he will look to improve on his consistency and take the next step forward in his development. Chris Mazza

January 2020 – Lauko was forced to miss all but one shift of this year’s World Junior Championship after suffering a sprained MCL in the opening game for the host Czech team. December was a tough month for the young Bruins prospect, as another scary injury resulted in Lauko being stretchered off during an AHL game in early December. He was diagnosed with a concussion following this incident, and the WJC was set to be his first game action since the injury. While his eight points in 18 AHL games this season aren’t overly remarkable, he was heating up prior to his injury, managing five points over his prior six games. When Lauko returns from his current knee injury, look for him to pick up where he left off in the AHL, with a late-season call up to Boston still in the realm of possibilities. Chris Mazza

October 2019 – After claiming the 2019 Memorial Cup Championship with the QMJHL’s Huskies, Lauko will take his talents to Providence this season, where he figures to be slowly integrated into an AHL roster that is flush with promising young talent. His first season of hockey in North America was a resounding success, as he established himself as a prospect with a fantastic NHL upside. He will likely spend the entire 2019-2020 campaign in the AHL, but his development curve is pointing straight up. Chris Mazza

May 2019 – Lauko finished the Huskies regular season with 21 goals and 41 points in 44 games. He registered an additional 13 points through 19 playoff games helping Rouyn-Noranda capture the President’s Cup as QMJHL champions. Lauko led the playoffs in rookie scoring, and on many occasions was able to showcase his speed, puck skills and on-ice awareness. His Huskies will look to conclude their impressive season with a Memorial Cup Championship. Chris Mazza

March 2019 – Lauko posted three assists in his return to the Huskies lineup after missing a month with an upper body injury. His speed and shot volume have become valuable assets for his team, and should help him play an important role during the Huskies upcoming playoff run. He was heating up before his injury and doesn’t seem to have missed a beat. Chris Mazza

January 2019 – Lauko managed two points through five games while playing for the Czech Republic at this year’s WJC. While his numbers don’t stand out, Lauko played well during the tournament, most notably demonstrating a high sense of awareness in all areas of the ice. He managed to consistently work his way into open ice in the offensive zone, creating scoring chances for his team, while also performing well defensively throughout each game. The young winger will return to the QMJHL, where he should continue to improve on his impressive adjustment to the North American ice surface. Chris Mazza

December 2018 – Lauko has performed well thus far for a powerhouse Huskies team in the QMJHL. He has managed 26 points in 25 games, with a solid plus-19 rating and 94 shots on goal. Most of his production has come at even strength, which means there may be room for even greater offensive output moving forward. The speedy winger was named the QMJHL’s rookie of the month for November, and has been invited to this year’s WJC, competing for his native Czech Republic. He has become a top prospect to watch in the Bruins’ system. Chris Mazza

November 2018 – Lauko has continued his strong start in the QMJHL. The 77th overall pick of last years draft has 23 points through 21 games thus far. 21 of those points have come at even strength making the total even more impressive. Lauko has been an elite goal scorer at even strength this year as he’s eighth in the Q for goals per 60 minutes at even strength. Lauko has improved his release and is certainly past the injury that derailed his excellent NHL preseason. If Lauko can continue to score at 5-on-5 and improve his performance on the PP he’s in line for an excellent rookie junior season. Stuart Hall

October 2018 – After a strong training camp, Lauko signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Bruins and was assigned to Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL. During the Huskies’ first four games, the talented Czech forward has already notched three goals and an assist on 12 shots. Out to prove that he was one of the best value picks of the 2018 NHL Draft, Lauko is off to a good start in his first season on North American ice. The Bruins’ third round pick last June has also performed well during international competitions, and should have the opportunity to produce for the Czech Republic at this year’s World Junior Championship. While he is still a few years away, Lauko plays the game with speed and skill, and his production this season should be monitored closely as he looks to establish himself as a prospect with real NHL potential. Chris Mazza

June 2018 – With the Bruins pick in the third round they chose speed. Jakub Lauko is a speedy winger who can also play up the middle and played this past season for Pirati Chomutov in the Czech league. It was his second season in the league after making his debut as a 16 year old against men. He had a modest three goals and nine points in 42 games in his draft year. The totals don’t leap off the page to say that least but the B’s staff think he could be one of the steals of the draft. His greatest asset is his speed. He has uncanny speed and uses it to power past opposing defenders to drive the net. Unlike many players whose primary asset is their jets, he also has a nice finishing touch and his hands can keep up with the feet. He won’t be fantasy relevant in the immediate future, but with more mass and some refining to his game, he could be a dangerous offensive asset in the future. Sid Osmond

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country CZE
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 28, 2000
Height 6‘0”
Weight 169 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 3; Overall: 77

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Pirati Chomutov U16Czechia U1613 1 23 4|Playoffs4 0 33
 2014-2015 Pirati Chomutov U16Czechia U1633 19 2847 24|Playoffs5 2 46
  Pirati Chomutov U16Final tournament3 1 01 4|        
 2015-2016 Pirati Chomutov U16Czechia U1624 26 3561 30|Playoffs3 2 24 14 
  Pirati Chomutov U18Czechia U1829 8 1422 36|Playoffs7 2 13 12