The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday that they had signed their 2014 first round draft pick David Pastrnak to an entry-level contract.
Not many players are signed the same year that an NHL team has selected them in the entry draft. A lot of players wind up playing in either junior leagues or the NCAA in order to get some more experience and development so they can be at their best in the pros. Obviously, the Bruins saw something special in Pastrnak and decided they wanted him in the organization immediately.
“He’ll end up coming to camp now, and he’ll get the experience of a training camp, and he’ll get some games” said Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “He had a terrific development camp, and I know everyone’s talking about him.”
Prior to being signed, the forward had spent the better part of two seasons with Södertälje of the HockeyAllsvenskan league in Sweden. He posted 27 points (10g,17a) in 47 games played while playing in the second-tier league.
Pastrnak may not have expected to be signed by Boston so quickly, but it had been his dream for a long time. The 18-year-old knows he still has more work to do, but he is mentally ready for the challenge.
“I just have to keep practicing and get better before I make the team and before the contract’s going to mean something” said Pastrnak. “I want to play in the NHL now.”
After being drafted a few weeks ago, Pastrnak said in an interview that his favorite player was David Krejci. It is quite the opportunity to skate alongside your favorite player, and he seems thrilled for that chance.
“ I just hope I’m going to stay alive after [from excitment], if it’s going to happen. I always said if I get this chance, I would do my best and show to the Bruins that they made the right decision and I would really enjoy it.”
The Czech Republic native still has a lot to prove, but this is a major step in the right direction for his career.
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