“You never know. You don’t want to place too much of a burden on this kid’s shoulders, but he was good [at prospect camp]. The hesitation you have is that he’s 170 -173 pounds, but he’s wiry strong, so you never know. Speed, skill, sense is all there. It would be nice [if he can crack the NHL lineup in camp], but we’ll see. He’s young and to throw someone like that at that age, at that weight [isn’t common], but there have been guys who have done it.”
Via CSN New England, that was Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, talking about the Bruins’ first pick (25th overall) in the 2014 draft, David Pastrnak, and the possibility the Czech winger could be playing in the NHL next season.
The Bruins didn’t re-sign 30-goal winger Jarome Iginla this summer. Nor have they signed or traded for a replacement. Hence, the talk of 18-year-old Pastrnak making the team in 2014-15.
For more, here’s CSN New England’s story:
Ducks come to terms with Lindholm, so what happens now?
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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