Jakub Lauko has his sights set on playing in Boston. Last season, he wanted to play in Providence but was sent to the Q to improve his play. With the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, he managed to win the Memorial Cup while developing his game.
“I hated it the first month,” Lauko said frankly when asked about if he was happy to spend the year in Quebec. “At the end of the season you just look at it with two trophies, it was the right choice after, and I think I changed a lot as a player. Improved my English too, and I think I’m different player after the season, different person and just happy that I made the choice.”
Lauko had played in other leagues in Europe against European professional hockey players. However, he found the North American game to be more challenging.
“The league I was playing in [in Europe] was kind of experienced league,” said Lauko. “Not as fast as in the [QMJHL] and it helped me together better. Like I said before, I’m happy that I made a choice to go there and I have improved.”
While many European players have reputation as merely skilled players, the Czech-born Lauko showed he likes to play with an edge.
“I changed a bit because I was just playing in Europe the whole time,” said Lauko. “Now I spent a season in North America so that changed me in some point of the game. It’s hard to describe. I’m just trying to hit the net harder and not afraid to go for some scrums and fight and stuff like that. I just change a bit and I think it’s better for me.”
So, he has set his sights on showing what he’s got in Boston, hopefully gaining some time with the “Czech Colony” of David Krejci and David Pastrnak, and the Czech adjacent Slovaks like Zdeno Chara, Jaroslav Halak, and Jakub Zboril.