Boston could release Pastrnak for World Juniors

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Sounds like David Pastrnak could participate in his second straight World Junior Hockey Championship.

Per CSNNE, Pastrnak — Boston’s 19-year-old talent that scored scored 10 goals and 27 points in 46 games as a rookie last season — could be loaned out for this year’s tournament, like he was last December.

Pastrnak played exceptionally well for his native Czech Republic at the ’15 tourney, scoring seven points in five games.

Currently sidelined with a fractured left foot — he’s missed the last 20 games, dating back to Oct. 31 — Pastrnak’s recovery could coincide with the start of this year’s World Juniors, which is being held in Helsinki.

“The next part is the conditioning element to this, and what’s best to get him back to full speed,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney explained. “The World Juniors are a component to this, but we’re looking at all options as to what’s available between now and when we would have to make a drop-dead decision based on the holiday roster freeze.

“That will happen over the next day or so.”

Pastrnak has appeared in 10 games for Boston this year, scoring two goals and four points.