B's sign first rounder Pastrnak to entry-level deal, will attend training camp in September
The kid will certainly get his chance.
Staking his claim: After signing an entry-level deal, Daivd Pastrnak will get his chance to make the NHL roster come September (via bostonherald.com)
General manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Tuesday that the Bruins have signed 2014 first round pick David Pastrnak to a three-year entry level contract, meaning the 18-year-old Czech native will be attending training camp in September to compete for a chance to crack the NHL roster this season.
After attending development camp last week and impressing everyone with his play, Chiarelli spoke about Pastrnak's potential to make the Bruins roster right away, citing his advanced hockey skills, ability and overall potential as the reasons he could find himself dressing for the Black and Gold just three months removed from being drafted into the league. With him being signed to the entry-level deal, that is step one towards making that possibility a reality.
It’s another step along the way, and it’s important that we don’t skip those steps...At each step, the level of play, the tempo of play, the strength of the players – at least, those players are varying in strength – all increases, so with a young 18-year-old who’s 171 pounds, you have to be careful. He’s strong, he’s naturally strong, so he’s got that going for him. But we’ll have to see.
That isn't to say Pastrnak is on fact on the fast track towards making the big league team when the 2014-15 season roles around. The Bruins are still keen on giving the other kids in the farm system, the Ryan Spooners, Matt Frasers, Justin Floreks and Alexander Khokhlachevs of the world, a chance to make the team when training camp kicks off. Their aim is rather evident at this point, where Boston is ready to morph their bottom-six forwards group into a younger, cheaper, hungrier and faster group that will give the Bruins a more dynamic lineup. But Pastrnak, who's already shown he has incredible hockey ability, can give the B's no choice but to include him on the roster if he again wows his bosses in September.