The Boston Bruins were impressed with David Pastrnak during the recent development camp. After being drafted 25th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft at the end of June, he has been rewarded for his efforts with a entry-level contract.
Currently under contract with Sodertalje in Sweden, it was essential to sign Pastrnak by July 15, a signing deadline in the Sweden NHL Transfer Agreement. If he had been signed after July 15, an extra cost would have been required to be paid to the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. The deal has released Pastrnak from his Swedish contract and he will attend training camp in the fall.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli stated, “He had a terrific development camp, and I know everyone’s talking about him. He’s a good young player, he’s just 18 years old. It’s well-documented that we’re looking for skill and speed and he fits that bill, but let’s not put the cart before the horse with David. I think we’re fortunate to get him where we got him and he had a terrific camp, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
At this point, Pastrnak has training camp in the fall, preseason and the nine game window of the regular season to prove he has what it takes to be successful in the National Hockey League. If failing to do so, he will likely continue to play with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate.
The team currently needs right-handed shooters such as Pastrnak, so if he can capitalize on this skill, he can likely make the full time roster the remainder of the season.