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Bruins sign David Pastrnak, Matt Bartkowski 07.15.14 at 10:34 am ET
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Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski

The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed right wing David Pastrnak to an entry level contract. They also officially announced the signing of Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.

Pastrnak, the team’s first-round pick (25th overall) in last month’s draft, was expected to be inked by Tuesday, as the team would have to pay more money to Sweden’s hockey federation if they were to sign him after.

Bartkowski’s contract allows the two sides to avoid arbitration, something for which the defenseman had filed.

“It’€™s always good if you can come to an agreement before the hearing,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “I think it sends a positive message to Matt that we want to have him back. It was going to be a contract anyways, because he elected arb, but I’€™m okay with that. It’€™s just good to get it done. It doesn’€™t mean you do it and your compromise or work around the edges, it’€™s to get a good result, and you try and do it in the best interest of the player also.”

Pastrnak signing means he will be in training camp in September. His three-year deal won’t begin until he turns pro, and can play up to nine games in the NHL this season without burning a year off the contract.

Chiarelli sang his praises following last week’s development camp, and the fact that he is a skilled right-shot wing — something the Bruins don’t currently have on their NHL roster — has led to speculation that he could make the team.

“He’€™ll get the experience of a training camp, and he’€™ll get some [preseason] games,” Chiarelli said Tuesday of Pastrnak. “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 and he’€™s a player ‘€“ 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.”

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Bruins wrap development camp, Peter Chiarelli won’t rule out David Pastrnak pushing for roster spot 07.13.14 at 1:06 pm ET
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Peter Chiarelli

Peter Chiarelli

WILMINGTON — The Bruins completed their five-day development camp Sunday, with general manager Peter Chiarelli counting 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak and 2013 second-round pick Linus Arnesson among the bright spots.

“I was pleased with Pastrnak,”€ Chiarelli said. “€œThere’€™s only been a couple players that have shown that at these camps over the years. He’€™s still got a little bit of a ways to go, but I’€™m very happy with Pastrnak.”

Pastrnak is a right-shot right wing, which the Bruins currently don’€™t have on their roster. Asked whether he felt Pastrnak could be a longshot candidate to make the Bruins’€™ roster, Chiarelli noted that Pastrnak still needs to fill out physically, but didn’€™t rule it out.

“€œYou never know,” Chiarelli. “I don’€™t want to place too much of a burden on this kid’€™s shoulders, but he was good. The hesitation that you have is that he’€™s 170, 173 pounds. He’€™s wiry strong, but you never know. Speed, skill, sense is all there. It would be nice, but we’€™ll see.

“€œHe’€™s young. To throw someone [in] at that age, at that weight, but there’€™s been guys that have done it.”€

As for Arnesson, Chiarelli clarified that the Swedish defenseman will not turn pro this year. Due to transfer rules, Arnesson would be ineligible to play in the AHL this season if he went pro (only the NHL), so he will play in Sweden next season. It is in his contract that he will attend Bruins’€™ camp and then go back to his Swedish club.

Under the Swedish transfer agreement, Pastrnak, who is Czech but plays in Sweden, can be signed by July 15 in order to attend camp without the Bruins having to pay more money to the federation.

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David Pastrnak finding his footing with Bruins 07.12.14 at 10:56 pm ET
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David Pastrnak was the Bruins' first-round pick last month. (AP)

David Pastrnak was the Bruins’ first-round pick last month. (AP)

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 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. “€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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Bruins announce development camp roster 07.03.14 at 12:33 pm ET
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Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

The Bruins announced their roster for their development camp Thursday. The camp will take place from July 9 to July 13 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

Among the players set to attend the development camp are recent draft picks David Pastrnak and Ryan Donato, as well as 2012 first-rounder Malcolm Subban.

The roster is as follows:

Forwards: Cole Bardreau, Kyle Baun, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik, Mitchell Dempsey, Michael Doherty, Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald, Alex Globke, Colton Hargrove, Simon Norberg, David Pastrnak.

Defensemen: Linus Arnesson, Matt Benning, Matt Grzelcyk, Emil Johansson, Rob O’€™ Gara, Wiley Sherman, Billy Sweezey, Oleg Yevenko.

Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Malcolm Subban.

Of the players attending, Bardreau, Baun, Doherty, Globke, Norberg, Sweezy and Yevenko will attend the camp on an invite basis.

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Bruins draft right wing David Pastrnak in first round 06.27.14 at 9:49 pm ET
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The Bruins chose Czech right wing David Pastrnak with their first-round pick (25th overall) Friday night in Philadelphia.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Pastrnak has spent the last two seasons playing for Sodertalje in Sweden. A right shot, the 18-year-old was ranked the fifth-best European skater in the draft by NHL Central Scouting.

Pastrnak is Boston’s first first-round pick since 2012 (Malcolm Subban) and the team’s first pick since Keith Gretzky took over as the director or amateur scouting last August.

The Bruins will pick Saturday in the second round (56th overall), fourth round, fifth round and seventh round. Their third-round pick was traded to the Flyers at the trade deadline last season for Andrej Meszaros, while their sixth-round pick was traded to the Blues during the lockout-shortened 2013 season for Wade Redden.

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