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1st-rounders Vrana (Caps), Pastrnak (B’s) highlight Czech WJC team

Jul 30, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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A pair of first-round picks at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft will lead the charge for the Czech Republic when it participates in the Hockey Canada National Junior Team Summer Development Camp next week.

Jakub Vrana, taken 13th overall by Washington, and Boston’s David Pastrnak (25th) highlight the list, per NHL.com. The Czech team will be one of three — Canada and Russia are the others — that’ll play in Montreal from Aug. 3-8, a precursor for the 2015 World Juniors that will be played in Montreal and Toronto.

Vrana, 18, has already inked his entry-level deal with the Capitals, though it remains to be seen where he’ll end up playing this fall. He’s already competed against men, having spent last season with Linkopings of the Swedish Hockey League.

Pastrnak, also 18, is in a similar boat. He too has experience with the pro game, having played last year with Swedish first division outfit Södertälje, but is small by NHL standards — 5-foot-10, 165 pounds. That said, Boston was quick to ink Pastrnak to an entry-level deal, and GM Peter Chiarelli wouldn’t rule out the young Czech making the Bruins this fall.

Should both be made available to the Czech junior team in the winter, it’d be a big boost for a program that hasn’t medaled since winning bronze in 2005.

  1. blomfeld - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Rattus Pattus …

    One of the largest and most ‘vile’ muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a body up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and a similar tail length; the male weighs on average 350 g (12 oz) and the female 250 g (9 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America, making it by at least this particular definition the most successful mammal on the planet after humans. With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas and on sports internet sites.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:35 AM

      blomfeld – you’ve clearly lost whatever there was of your mind. Seek help, and get back on your meds.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        he’s not alone. two people approved of that non-sequitur.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Guess which two? phtjoey and blomfeld himself.

        Very scary post. It appeared about 12 to 15 times in other stories from yesterday. A sign of a deranged mind.

  2. titansbro - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Pastrnak has apparently been awesome in camp. Maybe along with Subban they’re finally starting to hit on their high draft picks?

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