Pastrnak excited at thought of meeting idol Krejci

Pastrnak excited at thought of meeting idol Krejci
July 15, 2014, 3:45 pm
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It’s fair to say that 18-year-old first round pick David Pastrnak is pretty excited now that he’s signed, sealed and ready to report to Bruins training camp in a couple of months. His NHL dream will be a little bit closer when he arrives in Boston for Bruins rookie camp a few days ahead of the veterans, and he’ll also get to meet his Czech hockey idol, David Krejci. It sounds like Pastrnak might lose his teenaged mind a little bit when he meets the B’s No. 1 center in person.

“I know…I just hope I'm going to stay alive after [meeting Krejci], if it's going to happen,” said Pastrnak in full fanboy jest. “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.

“Until this moment happened now, I’ve been always just dreaming about it. But now it came true, but my dreaming isn’t done. I have to still do more things for my dad, and for my family. I still have more that I have to do, and I just have to keep working. That can be a good beginning.”

Pastrnak showed off his elite “speed, skill and sense” package while dominating the Bruins development camp last week, and has the kind of high end offensive skills that could make him an NHL star. The Czech Republic teenager now needs to show off those same creative puck skills and that sizzling shot against better competition in training camp, but he’s exactly the kind of skilled offensive right wing that is missing from Boston’s NHL roster.

Peter Chiarelli wouldn’t rule out Pastrnak jumping straight to the NHL from the draft, and he’d join franchise players Tyler Seguin, Phil Kessel and Patrice Bergeron as the last Boston players to accomplish the feat. So the odds aren’t exactly with him, and he’ll have to show both NHL-ready mental and physical strength, uncommon in most 18-year-old prospects, if he’s going to help the B’s next season.

“He’ll get the experience of a training camp, and he’ll get some games. He had a terrific development camp, and I know everyone’s talking about him,” said Chiarelli. “He’s a good young player, he’s just 18 years old and he’s a player – it’s well-documented that we’re looking for skill and speed and he fits that bill -- but let’s not put the cart before the horse with David.

“I think we’re fortunate to get him where we got him and he had a terrific camp, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

If nothing else Pastrnak will bring the same kind of youthful energy as four years ago when Seguin put on a show during training camp.