The Boston Bruins signed 2014 first-round draft choice David Pastrnak to an entry level contract, announced the team Tuesday. Boston would have been forced to pay the Swedish hockey federation additional money if they had signed him any later.
Pastrnak was selected with the 25th overall pick back in June. The 18-year-old’s deal is good for the next three years. The financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The winger will be in training camp for the Bruins come September now that he’s under contract with the parent club.
Pastrnak, of Sweden, impressed everyone who saw him play this past week at Bruins development camp at Ristuccia Arena. His creative, highly-skilled offensive abilities were on display and General Manager Peter Chiarelli took careful note.
“He had a terrific development camp, and I know everyone’s talking about him. He’s a good young player,” said Chiarelli of Pastrnak Tuesday.
His ability to play the right side, and perhaps contribute at high rate on the offensive end has many believing there’s a legitmate shot of him making the team straight out of camp this fall. Boston is lacking on the right wing after the departure of Jarome Iginla.
“It’s well-documented that we’re looking for skill and speed and he fits the bill,” Chiarelli added.