Per Kirk Leudeke, first-round draft pick David Pastrnak has reportedly been recalled by the Bruins.
Breaking...Looks like the Pastrnak era will begin in Boston. Headed up I-95 to join the big club & maybe make NHL debut vs Pittsburgh.
— Kirk Luedeke (@kluedeke29) November 23, 2014
If the reports check out, Pastrnak will possibly make his NHL debut versus the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. Pastrnak has been with Providence all season long and has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points. While one of the youngest in the AHL at 18, he is by far one of the best.
As I’ve said in a prior column on Pastrnak, he made a case for making the big club's roster right from the start, and is certainly a welcome addition to the B’s roster. Hardworking, eager and skilled, Pastrnak will fit in perfectly and if he continues to play the way he has been in Providence, could potentially shine among a depleted Bruins team. A shoulder injury kept Pastrnak sidelined for most of training camp, bringing up concerns about his size. Mark Divver reported earlier this week that Pastrnak said he has gained six pounds since training camp, and the coaching staff in Providence loves his work ethic, enthusiasm and love of the game.
DJ Bean said that Pastrnak's cap hit is around $925,000, so captain Zdeno Chara has been placed on the long-term injury reserve as of last night to make room for Pastrnak. The LTIR placement, however, will not affect the timetable of Chara's return whatsoever.
Let’s hope tomorrow night is the start of a very long, successful Pastrnak era.