|09.16.14 at 5:39 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. — David Pastrnak ended his rookie camp by playing right wing and scoring. The Bruins will take that going forward.
Pastrnak, who centered Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith in the first two games of the rookie tournament in Nashville, moved back to his natural position of right wing to play with Matt Lindblad and Alex Fallstrom in the finale of the tournament Tuesday, a 4-2 win over the Predators rookies.
It was in the second period that Pastrnak got his only goal of the tournament, a power play tally on a feed from Seth Griffith.
He was also named to the All-Tournament team by participating teams’ scouts and officials, which he probably solidified with his first period of the tournament back on Saturday. All in all, Pastrnak’s performance in the tournament was a very shiny mixed bag.
Pastrnak’s tournament in a nutshell: He has the speed and hands to play in the NHL right now. As expected, he needs work defensively, as his risk-reward style (taking the puck over the man almost always) will both lead to odd-man rushes for the Bruins and burn them.
Defensive deficiencies can be worth overlooking, however, and Pastrnak genuinely seems like he wants to follow any and all instructions to make him a better two-way player. Pastrnak also turned the puck over multiple times Tuesday, including a neutral zone cough-up that forced him to hook a Predators player to prevent a breakaway, which is something to keep an eye on.
Just one man’s opinion, but the only real issue that could keep Pastrnak out of the NHL this season is his size.
At around 170 pounds, Pastrnak is awfully light. Playing right wing Tuesday, his board work left more to be desired and, though he obviously likes going to the net, bigger defensemen didn’t have to do much to keep him from getting there.
“His wall work — one game, it’s hard to judge him — but that’s going to be a big issue,” Bruce Cassidy admitted after the game. “In the National Hockey League, you’re expected to win pucks on the walls, get them out or get them into the middle of the ice and get going, so that’s going to be part of this.
“It’s not just the speed part of the game, the individual and the puck skills; it’s the grunt work. They’ll get a look at that obviously in the exhibition season and go from there.”
Main camp begins on Thursday, with practices beginning Friday. Pastrnak will open the camp at right wing, with Peter Chiarelli hinting that he could start with Krejci.
Pastrnak said he feels good about where he stands after the camp, but that he has a long way to go. He said it as only he could.
“I feel I’m [on] the second floor and the NHL is [on] the fifth,” Pastrnak said. “So I have three more floors.”
Considering how often we’re all going to be saying his name in the coming days, we might as well say it right. After double-checking with the player, it is not “PASS-ter-nak,” as we’ve all been saying, but rather “POS-ter-nahk.”
Much like Brad Marchand (it’s “SHAND,” not “SHOND”) Pastrnak said he doesn’t mind if people get his name wrong. He did say that nobody gets it wrong here like they do in Sweden, where he plays for Sodertalje SK and where he’ll return if he doesn’t make the Bruins. There, they call him POL-ster-nahk.
“I don’t know where they got the L from,” he said plainly with a shrug.
Pastrnak said his nickname is Pasta. Given the weight concern, it wouldn’t hurt him to follow the you-are-what-you-eat diet.
|09.16.14 at 5:04 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – The Bruins wrapped up their 2014 rookie camp by beating the Predators prospects, 4-2, in the finale of the Predators-hosted rookie tournament at Ford Ice Center on Tuesday.
The B’s got goals from Seth Griffith, David Pastrnak, Alex Fallstrom and Brian Ferlin. Pastrnak played right wing after playing center in the first two games of the tournament. He skated on a line with Matt Lindblad (also moved to wing) and Fallstrom. Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith, both of whom played on Pastrnak’s line in the first two games of the tournament, played on a line centered by Ben Sexton.
Malcolm Subban was in net for the B’s 23 saves on 25 shots faced. He started two of the three games, with Adam Morrison playing in Sunday’s loss to the Lightning. The Bruins finished the tournament with one win and two losses.
After the tournament, scouts and officials from all participating teams (the Bruins, Lightning, Panthers and Predators) voted on the six-player rookie team, with Pastrnak and defenseman Chris Casto representing the Bruins. Casto was steady throughout the tournament, doing an impressive job of keeping the puck in the offensive zone throughout.
The all-tournament team is as follows:
F – Filip Forsberg, Predators (tournament MVP)
F – Vincent Trochek, Panthers
F – David Pastrnak, Bruins
D – Aaron Ekblad, Panthers
D – Chris Casto, Bruins
G – Sam Brittain, Panthers
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|09.15.14 at 2:28 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Milan Lucic told reporters back in Boston Monday that he needed to wear a cast on his wrist for 12 weeks following his offseason surgery.
Lucic, who underwent the procedure on his left wrist following the Bruins’ second-round defeat to the Canadiens, said that he figures he’ll be limited to begin training camp, and that he’ll be cautious as he continues to regain strength.
“I haven’t been able to do a pushup until a week ago just because of it being right there on the joint,” Lucic said. “But still, that’s something you’ve got to work at with rehab. It’s gotten better over the last week and you’ve got some time here before the season starts. As camp goes along here, you want to get your legs and everything underneath you, but you still have time to build your strength up until the season starts.”
Lucic was pretty candid about his contractual situation. With two years remaining on his contract with an annual salary cap hit of $6 million, Lucic might be tough to fit under the salary cap given Boston’s current cap situation. Peter Chiarelli recently signed David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million extension, but said on Sunday that he ‘can’t sign everybody.’
The 26-year-old Lucic said that with all eyes on Boston’s cap, he’s thinking about his own future.
“It’s hard not to. I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t think about it at all,” Lucic said. “With two years left on this contract and when I come out of it, I come out of it as a UFA. You kind of see the direction that the team is going — they just signed Krech for six more years after this one, and obviously he’s a guy I want to play with. My plan’s as far as my future goes is to stay here and stay put in Boston, but obviously a lot of things are going to happen in the next year and two years, but I hope that both sides can keep me here for a long, long time.”
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|09.15.14 at 2:26 pm ET|
Taking to Twitter, former Patriots wideout Chad Johnson (formerly Chad Ochocino) was evidently feeling good about his hockey prowess — his video game hockey prowess that is.
As NHL training camp approaches I want to suit up for the HABS so I can fight Chara & Lucic…
A few minutes later, he went on to boast about his hockey skills, on the EA Sports video game, “NHL 15.”
I'm 28-0 online on NHL15, where's the competition for crying out loud…
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) September 15, 2014
|09.15.14 at 1:20 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Bruins rookies skated about an hour at the Ford Ice Center Monday in preparation for their final game of their three-game tournament in Tennessee.
Brian Ferlin and Linus Arnesson were both given the day off, as the B’s prospects had played on back-to-back days Saturday and Sunday against the Panthers and Lightning, respectively.
Anthony Camara got hit in the face and immediately left the ice about 25 minutes into the skate. He did not return and required stitches.
Camara had reason enough to be visibly upset, as he had a long offseason of recovering from a concussion that ended his first pro year in March.
Other players to receive medical attention on this trip include David Pastrnak and Seth Griffith, both of whom needed dental work.
The morning practice allowed for some potential team-bonding, as the players have the afternoon to themselves to explore Nashville. The B’s rookies will wrap up the three-game tournament with a game against Predators prospects on Tuesday.
For something different, check out this photo from after practice. Malcolm Subban went back onto the ice after the skate to grab something from the bench, and his lack of leg pads provided some perspective on just how huge goalie pads are these days.
New hilarious thing: goalies wearing all their big equipment, but no leg pads pic.twitter.com/LOJP67C8F2
— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) September 15, 2014
|09.14.14 at 7:55 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – David Pastrnak was less impressive in Sunday’s overtime loss against the Lightning than he was the day before against the Panthers, but it was still a notable day for him as his general manager’s words added more fuel to the belief that Pastrnak could very well end up making the team as an 18-year-old.
Asked specifically whether the plan was to take the 2014 first-round pick into the season for the first nine games before deciding whether to keep him and begin his entry level contract, Peter Chiarelli said that decision has yet to be made. However, Chiarelli made it clear that the team will give Pastrnak a realistic shot to make the team, perhaps trying him on the first line with David Krejci and, should Reilly Smith remain unsigned, on the second line with Patrice Bergeron.
“Listen, if he’s going to make our team, he’s going to have to play higher up in the lineup,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a skill guy with speed and he needs to play with skill players. Maybe when I say, like he’s not going to start down the lineup in preseason, in camp, it’s just he’ll have to be with skill players because you’re not going to get what you want from him.
“Who knows, he might start with Krejci, I don’t know. It’s about giving him some skill players, measuring the expectation level. Everything’s about him right now. There’s other good players out there too, like Ferlin’s a player. I thought he was outstanding yesterday. He was really good and strong. He’s just not as flashy as David and so there’s other players. But with David, let’s take one step at a time and a smaller body can wear down over time so let’s see how he handles that stuff.”
Pastrnak remained at center between Seth Griffith and Anthony Camara on Sunday. He struggled mightily on faceoffs, but the team is only using him at center for this rookie camp before moving him back to right wing for main camp next week.
The lowlight of the day was the game’s final play, as Pastrnak tried to steal the puck from Jonathan Drouin in the defensive zone rather than taking the man. Drouin went around Pastrnak and set up the game-winning goal. After the game, Pastrnak acknowledged his error, saying that he understood he should have hit Drouin rather than going for the big play.
Despite Pastrnak not being as sensational as he was in the tournament’s opening game, he remained the flashiest player on the ice. His play with the puck on his stick has stood out thus far, while his defensive play has been hit-or-miss.
|09.14.14 at 6:43 pm ET|
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – At the first intermission of the Bruins’ rookie game against the Lightning, general manager Peter Chiarelli discussed the team’s NHL roster and where things stand going forward.
The biggest takeaways were that David Pastrnak could begin training camp on the right wing of David Krejci‘s line, that he will not sign all of his free-agents-to-be and that he will trade a defenseman at some point. Chiarelli offered no update on the status of Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, both of whom remain unsigned with days left until camp.
With Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg the biggest names entering the final years of their contracts and the Bruins having $49,897,857 against the cap committed to 10 players (not counting Marc Savard) for 2015-16, money figures to be tight going forward. The last time the Bruins had multiple players to sign and a potential cap crunch ahead, Chiarelli opted to sign all three players (Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchands, all of whom were a year away from restricted free agency) with the idea that if he had to trade one down the road, he would.
Chiarelli said he won’t go the sign-everyone route this time. The team recently signed David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million extension.
“I can’t sign everybody, and I’d love to sign everybody, but we can’t for the numbers that they want,” Chiarelli said. “Before, when I said we’d like to lock up guys. We still would, and we can with our cap. We make a decision on Krej, and that’s a big number. Some things you have to let play out, and we have to be a little versatile ourselves when it comes to team-building and we’re forced to do that this year.
“Am I going to try to sign all these guys? We look at all these guys, we look at different lineups going forward into the year. As the year progresses, we look and I think we’re going to take more time.”
Historically, Chiarelli has signed his key free-agents-to-be before they enter their contract’s final seasons. Boychuk knows that his future is uncertain and recently expressed that he does not want to be traded.
“I’ve always tried to get the team together signed and get them in place and give them a level of security,’ Chiarelli said. ‘I always feel that with that, they will perform. Of course, I’ve got to see the performance to get to that point. They’ve seen that we’ve tried to keep this team together as much as we can; we’ve had a lot of success with this group of guys. Around the fringes, guys have to go, but they’ve seen us try and [keep the team together], so they know our intentions are noble, so now it’s not quite ideal where we can keep the band together, so to speak.
“I think they understand that we always want to ice a Cup-winning team, and with that comes some casualties. This year, I’m looking forward to it, to a certain degree; there’s a lot of competition, there’s a lot of spots, including ‘ you don’t wish one of these D men to be traded, but we just have too many D men. At some point, I’m going to have to do it, and all the teams in the league, most of the teams in the league would like one of these defensemen.
“And I know everyone’s waiting, ‘What move will [he] make? What move will [he] make?’ Well, I have to see what’s going to happen, see who fits well with whom, but the uncertainty is something this year that is a byproduct of the cap and a successful team and locking up those guys, and eventually there’s other guys that are just going to get too expensive. I don’t cast any aspersions on them for being at that level, but that’s what it’s at.”