David Pastrnak finding his footing with Bruins
|07.12.14 at 10:56 pm ET|
WILMINGTON – The only piece of equipment David Pastrnak brought with him to Bruins’ development camp were his skates. As Bruce Cassidy joked after Saturday’s session, he might need new ones.
The Bruins’ first-round pick is clearly one of the best skaters on the ice at the annual camp held mostly for B’s prospects who have yet to turn pro, but, almost like a cartoon character running too fast, Pastrnak has been falling down all over the place.
“I don’t know what that is,” an amused Cassidy said Saturday. “I think he’s almost too fast for himself sometimes. I don’t know if his skates are a little worn … maybe he was due for a new pair in August and he’s getting by on the old ones.”
Added Cassidy: “His feet are so fast, so I assume that there’s something up, it’s either the ice gets a little slushy for him or maybe the top end of his steel is worn off there.”
Pastrnak, a skilled right wing from the Czech Republic who plays in Sweden, attributes the difficulty staying on his feet to a lack of ice time in recent months due to a back injury suffered last season and the offseason. By his estimation, he’s only been on the ice for three weeks out of the last four months.
“It’s not an excuse,” he added. “I can’t forget [how to skate]. It will go away. I’m starting to feel better and better.”
Even with the rustiness ‘ either literally or figuratively ‘ Pastrnak has been impressive. Cassidy compared him in this camp to Tyler Seguin in the 2010 development camp and Alexander Semin from when the former Capitals head coach first had Semin in camp.
That isn’t to say that Pastrnak’s NHL-ready or close to it. It’s a rarity for players outside the first couple of picks to make the NHL the season after they’re drafted, so don’t count on Pastrnak to snag a job in Boston. Still, he was non-committal on where he thinks he’ll play next season.
“I’m just trying to enjoy every day,” Pastrnak said. “I’m not trying to think about what will happen after one month. You don’t know what will happen in one month. Nobody knows that, so I just try to live every second and every minute like I can. I’m not trying to think about tomorrow, what happens tomorrow, because you never know what will happen tomorrow.”
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