Bruins assign Pastrnak to AHL

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David Pastrnak has been assigned to the AHL’s Providence Bruins after representing the Czech Republic in the World Juniors.

Pastrnak had a goal and three assists in four games for the Czechs. The 19-year-old forward did suffer a finger injury in the tournament, but it was not believed to be a “serious thing.”

Many expected Pastrnak to come back from Finland and immediately suit up for the NHL’s Bruins. In fact, that was the original plan. Boston is currently without forwards David Krejci (injured) and Brad Marchand (suspended).

But perhaps Pastrnak is not completely healthy. Or, perhaps the club wants him to play some games in the minors first.

Boston hosts the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Providence doesn’t play until Friday versus Bridgeport.

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