|David Pastrnak moved to Patrice Bergeron’s line in practice; Zdeno Chara, David Warsofsky continue skating||11.26.14 at 10:27 am ET|
WILMINGTON – David Warsofsky and Zdeno Chara continued their respective recoveries Wednesday, skating prior to the Bruins’ practice at Ristuccia Arena.
Chara, who is working his way back from a torn PCL, is expected to be out another week-plus. Warsofsky suffered a groin injury earlier in the month and has not played since.
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Smith – Kelly – Griffith (Fraser)
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Pastrnak played sparingly in his NHL debut Monday but was given four shifts with Bergeron in the third period.
|David Pastrnak ‘happy for every minute’ of experience in NHL debut||11.25.14 at 9:26 am ET|
David Pastrnak wasn’t about to complain about ice time or being mixed and matched with different lines. The 18-year-old was just happy to be making his NHL debut Monday night against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
The Czech played 10 shifts for a total of seven minutes, 53 seconds, with three missed shots, a hit, a takeaway and a giveaway in Boston’s 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
The soft-spoken first-round pick reminded many of David Krejci afterward, speaking softly but admitting that he was indeed a little nervous getting the call up.
“A little bit for sure, but I said I just tried to play for the team and tried to do my best for the win and play my game,” Pastrnak said. “I think we played hard. We battled hard and tried to go to the net but it wasn’t enough. I tried to my best for the team and enjoy the time and enjoy the game.”
Coach Claude Julien mixed and matched Pastrnak on different lines Monday, taking advantage of the very fluid situation caused by the numerous injuries and limiting Brad Marchand, who was playing his first game back since coming off the injured reserve list.
|David Pastrnak hopes added weight makes him strong enough for NHL||11.24.14 at 1:03 pm ET|
David Pastrnak obviously isn’t close to being the player he’ll one day be at the NHL level, but the usual shortcomings of a young skilled player are all worth overlooking for the 2014 first-round pick. The only true road block on the ice for Pastrnak playing in Boston this year was going to be his size.
“To throw someone [in] at that age, at that weight…” Peter Chiarelli said, making a face when speaking at the conclusion of July’s development camp. “But there’s been guys that have done it.”
The 5-foot-10 right wing weighed 165 pounds when the Bruins got their hands on him in June’s draft. He was offensively sensational at points during a rookie tournament in Tennessee in September, but he didn’t seem well-suited for board work and was easily pushed away from the net by opposing defensemen. In his second NHL practice, he suffered a shoulder injury on a check from Matt Bartkowski.
Now, after dazzling at the AHL level with five goals and 13 assists for 18 points through 17 games for Providence thus far and being named the AHL’s Rookie of the Month in October, Pastrnak is in Boston and preparing for what could be his NHL debut Monday night against the Penguins.
He’s shown that he has adjusted to the smaller ice in North America after growing up in the Czech Republic and playing the last two years in Sweden, but as he heads to the NHL, the questions of whether he can handle the physicality of hockey’s toughest league aren’t going away.
Pastrnak hopes he can help answer those questions after putting on some weight in Providence. He said he’s bulked up a bit in Providence, guessing that he is currently up to 176 pounds and that the extra weight feels good.
“I feel a lot stronger on the puck and around the boards and in battling,” Pastrnak said. “I think it helps me. I like it. I didn’t lose my speed so much. That’s what I was looking for.”
Pastrnak skated on a line with Jordan Caron and Alexander Khokhlachev in Monday’s morning skate. That has been his line in Providence this season, so the trio at least has familiarity going for it.
When asked about the 18-year-old’s development, Claude Julien spoke about the strides Pastrnak has made as a defensive player. Pastrnak has long looked up to David Krejci, a Czech player who he feels is capable of being dominant offensively while also being responsible in his own zone.
“I think, right now, that’s what David is trying to learn in Providence,” Julien said. “We know how dynamically he makes things happen. He’s a skill player, can score goals but we don’t expect perfection but you have to be at least a little bit reliable defensively.
“That’s what he’s working on over there and he’s gotten better, so that’s where we’re at with him and I guess, like you guys, I’m going to find out a little bit more about him if he plays tonight.”
Zdeno Chara was spotted on the ice at TD Garden by Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald Monday morning, marking the first time the Bruins captain has been seen skating since being declared out with a torn PCL suffered last month.
Chara is four and a half weeks into what the Bruins said would be a 4-6 week recovery. He is one of three defensemen currently out for the Bruins, as Adam McQuaid is expected to miss 5-7 more weeks with a broken thumb and David Warsofsky is nursing a groin strain. Warsofsky was playing in Boston as an injury replacement.
The Bruins also announced the call-ups of David Pastrnak and Jordan Caron Monday morning. Both transactions were made Sunday. For more on the recall of Pastrnak, click here.
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|Bruins recall David Pastrnak, Jordan Caron||11.23.14 at 6:21 pm ET|
The David Pastrnak era will soon begin in Boston, as WEEI.com has learned the B’s will recall the right wing prior to Monday’s game against the Penguins. The news was first reported by Kirk Luedeke of the New England Hockey Journal.
Pastrnak, the Bruins’ first-round pick (25th overall) in June’s draft, has been in Providence all season. He has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points this season in 17 AHL games. His callup comes with the Bruins battling multiple injuries on offense, as David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly all missed Saturday’s game against the Canadiens.
The 18-year-old has skated mostly on Providence’s top line this season. He was named the AHL’s Rookie of the Month in October, his first professional month in North America.
The Bruins sent Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad, both of whom were recalled for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens, back to Providence Sunday, though the AHL transactions page indicated at the time that Pastrnak was officially recalled that Boston had recalled Caron once again.
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|Pierre McGuire on MFB: Bruins ‘really comfortable’ with Claude Julien||11.06.14 at 2:04 pm ET|
NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB prior to the Bruins’ Thursday night game against the Oilers, as well to discuss Claude Julien‘s contract extension. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Julien inked a three-year contract extension over the weekend. McGuire said he has noticed Julien has become more comfortable working within the organization and with his coaching staff.
“I think they are really comfortable because there is a great relationship between the general manager, Peter Chiarelli and the coach, Claude Julien,” said McGuire. “I think they’ve become more and more comfortable over time and the one thing I think the Bruins like more than anything else is the stability of their franchise. It’s a very stable franchise and both guys have shown they can handle it.
“One of the things I think Claude is really learning to do over time is delicate authority. [Assistant coach Doug Houda] is getting a lot more responsibility, especially when it comes to changing the defense. Hiring a former head coach in the NHL in Joe Sacco, I think that helps you a lot. Doug Jarvis is one more cherished assistant coaches in the league. I think he’s learned to delegate authority really well. Quite frankly, I think it works really well in Boston. I enjoy being around their team and part of that reason is because of their coaching staff.”
The Bruins have enjoyed some success of late, winning three in a row and four-of-five. The wins have come against some of the weaker teams in the league — including the Panthers and Sabres — but McGuire notes the team can only play who comes up on their schedule.
“You’re always looking for your team to be a little bit better all the time, but I think like some college teams, you can’t pick your schedule, you have to play the way it comes down,” McGuire said. “They play Edmonton tonight, then they have a nice weekend off before they have to play next week against New Jersey and Toronto. They have a nice opportunity to give themselves a reward by beating Edmonton, a team not one of the upper-enchalant teams in the league.”
|David Pastrnak named AHL Rookie of Month||11.03.14 at 3:33 pm ET|
David Pastrnak’s first month of the regular season went as well as it could go without him actually suiting up for Boston. The 2014 first-round pick was named the AHL’s Rookie of the Month for the month of October.
Pastrnak’s 10 points this season (three goals, seven assists) are tops among AHL rookies. Same goes for his plus-9 rating, which he has compiled over nine games.
Though just 18 years old, Pastrnak could push for a job in Boston at some point this season. The biggest obstacle he faces is his size, as the 5-foot-10 right wing weighs just 165 pounds. That could make it tough for him to handle the board work required of wings in the NHL.
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