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Chiarelli won’t rule out Pastrnak making the B’s next season

Jul 14, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

David Pastrnak AP

“You never know. You don’t want to place too much of a burden on this kid’s shoulders, but he was good [at prospect camp]. The hesitation you have is that he’s 170 -173 pounds, but he’s wiry strong, so you never know. Speed, skill, sense is all there. It would be nice [if he can crack the NHL lineup in camp], but we’ll see. He’s young and to throw someone like that at that age, at that weight [isn’t common], but there have been guys who have done it.”

Via CSN New England, that was Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, talking about the Bruins’ first pick (25th overall) in the 2014 draft, David Pastrnak, and the possibility the Czech winger could be playing in the NHL next season.

The Bruins didn’t re-sign 30-goal winger Jarome Iginla this summer. Nor have they signed or traded for a replacement. Hence, the talk of 18-year-old Pastrnak making the team in 2014-15.

For more, here’s CSN New England’s story:

  1. terrier92 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Think that is wishful thinking. Kid needs to bulk up

  2. Wineshard - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Isn’t he supposed to say that, so the kid gives ‘er during the pre-season? Then when they send him back down he can say “what was all that one in a million talk?”

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Nice reference.

  3. pfhockey - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    He’s like a lite-Giroux. Blue-chip, playmaking, strong yet small, shifty, great hands. Even ruling out the need for bulking, I think it’s best for him to wait another year to be more physically mature and continue to develop his game.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Even though we all know he’s being complimentary there’s no reason for the B’s to rush prospects up, they’re deep enough to not be forced to do that.

  5. shaundre93 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    The only reason I think he has a legit chance of making the team is that he is a RH shot. B’s are desperate for a RH scorer, and obviously they have no cap. Pastrnak and Seth Griffith will be getting loooong looks at camp this summer. Id like to see one of them make it, they each have good upside as goal scorers

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