Pastrnak skates, but not cleared for contact – ESPN (blog)
BOSTON — Bruins No. 1 pick David Pastrnak skated with the team Sunday for the first time since suffering an injury to his left shoulder a week ago, but hasn’t been cleared for contact.
The 18-year-old forward began skating on his own late last week and is progressing, according to coach Claude Julien.
“He skated today, shooting pucks and all that stuff, so he’s heading in the right direction,” Julien said.
Pastrnak injured his shoulder when he fell awkwardly into the boards after colliding with defenseman Matt Bartkowski.
Pastrnak impressed during the rookie development camp in July, and again during the national rookie tournament earlier this month. Pastrnak has missed the first four preseason games, but Julien hopes the rookie will be given clearance to play in at least one of the remaining three exhibition games.
“We’d like to — no doubt,” Julien said. “If it’s possible, we’d like to see him play.”
The Bruins have four forward roster positions available, and at the start of camp Pastrnak was considered a contender. The more time he misses, the less chance Pastrnak will have to prove his worth against NHL-caliber players.
“I guess we’ll see,” Julien said. “We’ve got to see how he fares this week and we’ll have to make a decision, whether we remain patient or whether we go the other way with him, I don’t know. It will come from upper management, which direction they want to take with him. I’m open to anything right now with him. I’ve seen his skill level and I know what he’s capable of doing.”
If Pastrnak does not make the team, he will return to the Swedish Elite League based on the terms of his contract.
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