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Can Jakub Zboril capitalize on his 1st call-up to the NHL?

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We’ve all heard the spiel before.

Yes, by drafting Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn with picks 13-15 in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Black and Gold missed on the chance to snag the reigning Calder Trophy winner in Mathew Barzal — who was snagged one pick later by the Islanders.

And while DeBrusk has panned out at the NHL level and has the potential to be a top-six regular for years to come — it’s becoming clear that the B’s missed out on more than just Barzal by selecting Zboril and Senyshyn.

A few of the names available for Boston past pick No. 15? A 30-goal scorer in Kyle Connor (Winnipeg, No. 17), an emerging top-pairing D in Thomas Chabot (Ottawa, No. 18) and a promising sniper on the wing in Brock Boeser (Vancouver, No. 23).

But even if we were to ignore the Class of 2015 players already finding tangible success at the NHL, Zboril and Senyshyn still have found themselves in rare, and unfortunate, company in their draft class.