Having signed, Pastrnak will get shot at making B's

Having signed, Pastrnak will get shot at making B's
July 15, 2014, 10:45 am
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The Bruins made official on Tuesday the one-year deal worth $1.25 million for Matt Bartkowski, and also announced they have signed first round pick David Pastrnak to a three-year entry level contract.

The Pastrnak deal arrives on the July 15 nominal deadline agreed upon by the NHL and the IIHF for European draft picks to sign contracts if they expect to attend training camp. The Bruins could have paid a little extra money to the Swedish federation if they had signed him following the July 15 deadline, but the urgency from Chiarelli and the Pastrnak camp avoided that situation.

So the 18-year-old puck phenom will be in Bruins rookie training camp in September, and is expected to be given a long look by the Black and Gold to potentially make the team as a talented teenager.

Peter Chiarelli spoke on Tuesday about what he’ll need to see out of the Czech right winger if he hopes to crack the NHL roster.

"It’s another step along the way, and it’s important that we don’t skip those steps," Chiarelli said. "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."

Clearly Pastrnak will have to continue to show the skating speed, lethal shooting touch, creativity with the puck and hockey smarts through NHL training camp, and he’ll also have to show the willingness to play two-way hockey and survive in battles along the boards as a slender winger. But signing the contract was the first step in the process, and the rookie got that out of the way quickly with the Black and Gold on Tuesday.