Bruins Prospect Jakub Lauko Out of World Juniors After Scary Collision

The Boston Bruins are represented by three players at the World Junior Championship in 2020. One of these players is from the Bruins’ prospect list in Jakub Lauko, the Czech native who has the privilege to represent his home country at this World Juniors.

However, his debut at the World Juniors lasted a mere 53 seconds. In his very first shift, Lauko suffered a double collision, initially from Yegor Sokolov, after which he laid on the ice in obvious pain. After a few moments, he had to be helped off the ice.

Lauko spent his fall playing for the Providence Bruins at the AHL. He collected four goals and four assists for eight points in 18 games. After being labeled as the 45th-best prospect at the 2018 NHL draft by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Bruins snagged Lauko from the 77th overall spot in the third round.

The speedy left-winger spent his first post-draft campaign playing for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at the QMJHL, where he gathered 41 points in 44 games and added another 13 points in 19 playoff contests.

Last year at the World Juniors, Lauko skated in five games, collecting a goal and an assist for two points. This year, on his home soil, he hoped to lead the Czech Republic to the glory, as they haven’t claimed a medal from the World Juniors tournament since 2005.

Later after the game, Lauko was practic1ally ruled out from the rest of the championship with the MCL injury. The severity of his knee injury may grow following MRI tests scheduled on Friday.

During the third period, Lauko was seen with his knee banged up and visibly upset. His teammates huddled up for their 19-year-old fellow forward as they took down the Russians, 4-3, in a surprising fashion.

The other two Bruins representatives in Ostrava and Trinec are Curtis Hall and John Beecher from the Team USA.

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