David Pastrnak had cause for optimism going into training camp, but he’s hit a bit of a roadblock early on. Pastrnak left Saturday’s practice because he fell into the boards awkwardly following a hit from Matt Bartkowski, per CSN New England. The Bruins later revealed that he suffered a tweaked shoulder and isn’t expected to play in Sunday’s scrimmage.
The good news is that the Bruins don’t think the injury is serious, but the timing is still unfortunate. After being selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrnak had been labeled as a candidate to make the team’s opening game roster by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, but with the odds likely stacked against him, Pastrnak needs every opportunity he can get to make his case.
Prior to the injury, the Bruins had paired Pastrnak up with fellow Czech David Krejci, but now that he’s hurt, that opportunity has at least temporarily gone to Tyler Randell.
It’s also worth noting that while Chiarelli felt Pastrnak’s “speed, skill, sense is all there,” he was concerned in July that the 18-year-old forward might not have bulked up enough to be ready to match up physically in the NHL.
He had eight goals and 24 points in 36 games in Sweden’s second-tier league in 2013-14.