Former Player Drafted by NHL Team

The Kansas City Scouts (formerly the Topeka Pilots) are an organization dedicated to helping our players achieve their dream whether those dreams are playing in the NCAA or the NHL.


We are proud to announce that former Pilots goaltender, Jakub Dobes was selected in Round 5, Pick #136 overall by the Montreal Canadiens during the 2020 NHL Draft.


“Jakub is a special talent. It is great for him to get the attention and recognition for his efforts. We are extremely excited for him to be drafted by the Canadiens and further his hockey career. Jakub’s character and work ethic will continue to push him to new heights,” said Scouts head coach Simon Watson. “His poise and patience in high-pressure situations helped our team succeed in close hockey games. Jakub has an extremely bright future, and we couldn’t be happier for his success.”


Dobes, 19, played for the Pilots during the 2019-20 season. The 6’4/200 lbs. native of Vitkovice, Czech Republic, was one of the top goalies in the NAHL during his tenure, compiling a 7-3-0 record to go along with a 1.59 goals against average and a .946 save percentage and three shutouts. He was named the NAHL’s South Division Star of the Week for September 30-October 6 after he picked up two wins in two starts, allowing a single goal on 72 shots. Dobes was also the first Pilots player to make an NCAA Division 1 commitment during the 2019-20 season; he committed to The Ohio State in the B1G.


“We are so pleased to see Jakub take his career to the next level with the Montreal Canadiens. We are proud to have had the opportunity to have someone of his caliber play for our team,” said Lamar Hunt Jr., team owner and governor. “We enjoyed having him in our program last year and cannot wait to see him excel.”