PHILADELPHIA – The Bruins waited nearly the entire first round to make their selection with the 25th pick at the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center, and settled on Swedish League right winger David Pastrnak.
The 6-foot, 167-pound right winger is a speedy, skilled winger with dynamite offensive skills that needs to get bigger and stronger before he’s potentially ready for the NHL.
“He can handle the puck, and he likes to compete. We really like both of those things about him,” said Bruins amateur scouting director Keith Gretzky of the Czech-born Pastrnak, who has been playing in the Swedish league since he was a 15-year-old. “There are guys that can score 50 goals, but they get shy in the corners. He isn’t one of those guys.”
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and Panthers GM Dale Tallon had a lengthy discussion midway through the first round that appeared to be more than idle chatter, but the B’s front office waited their turn to make their selection.