He was having a good year. He was rewarded for practicing hard by being inserted into the lineup and performing better than most of the struggling D corps. He had battled through some mental health issues, worked on his sleep abnormalities, and worked on the other things to make him feel and play better. He was playing with confidence when he got injured on a normal “good” hit. And now, his season is over.
The Boston Bruins announced on Monday that Jakub Zboril had undergone successful knee surgery for a torn ACL. The good news is that this is a common surgery with a recovery time that will see him on the ice for next season. The bad news is that it will undoubtedly be next season.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 21, 2021
Zboril appeared in 10 games for the Boston club this season with no goals and 3 assists. Bruce Cassidy had repeatedly praised him for the work he had been doing as the 7th D man and kept him in the lineup even after others returned from injury or had served their time on the 9th floor. He had performed well enough to continue playing and that’s what’s sad. Zboril was putting it together and now his season is done. He will keep putting it together next season.
His injury happened in game on December 2nd. When a person tears the ACL, the knee swells considerably making it difficult to determine the true nature of the injury by scans. Once the swelling goes down within a week or two, medical staff can see what they are dealing with and perform the surgery. That’s why it takes a couple of weeks to evaluate and then correct the injury.
The shame is that Jakub Zboril was finally building something. The first pick of the Bruins 2015 first round trio of picks, Zboril survived potentially being selected in the expansion draft this year. He’s in the final year of his two-year one-way deal. The Bruins will re-sign him since he’s still an RFA.