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David Pastrnak finding his footing with Bruins

Posted By DJ Bean On July 12, 2014 @ 10:56 pm In General | No Comments

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.

“€œIt’€™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 [1] 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 [2] 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. “€œI’€™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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