David Pastrnak open to options for conditioning, but wants to stay in Boston

DJ Bean
December 14, 2015 - 7:40 am

[caption id="attachment_54637" align="alignright" width="150"] David Pastrnak[/caption] David Pastrnak made another small step in his recovery from a non-displaced fracture in his foot when he joined his Bruins teammates for Monday'€™s morning skate. There is no timetable for his return, but his next steps will include longer practices with physical contact and, eventually, perhaps some games. Where those games will come is an interesting question. The 19-year-old right wing, who suffered the injury blocking a shot in the Bruins'€™ Oct. 27 win over the Coyotes, was in a boot from early November until earlier this month. Though he'€™s been skating for a week, he says that his conditioning is the biggest thing he needs to get back after being off his feet for so long. "Even though I was on the bike and stuff, nothing compares to skating," Pastrnak said. "It'€™s hard, obviously, but I'€™ve been skating for a week now. There'€™s no timetable now. [I'€™ll] take it slowly and practice hard every day." If and when the Bruins decide to get Pastrnak into some non-NHL games to help him get his legs back, they'€™ll have options. One would be to send him to Providence to play on a conditioning loan. The other would potentially be to send him to Finland to play for the Czech Republic in the World Juniors, which runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. Pastrnak said his priority is to play with Boston as soon as possible. "I'€™m happy to be in this organization, and whatever they want me to do, I will be happy to," he said of the idea of being sent to Providence. The World Junior option might be more intriguing than a normal conditioning loan, as it would give him the opportunity to get up to speed while also representing his country. Pastrnak had a goal and six assists for seven points in five games for the Czech Republic at last year'€™s tournament. While he seemed willing to go again, he reiterated that his preference would be to stay in Boston. "Obviously, I want to be here," he said. "I want to help the team and [there'€™s] nothing else I'€™m focusing on right now. It'€™s tough, but it'€™s not my decision. Like I said, I want to stay here and see what the organization'€™s going to decide for me." Pastrnak has played in 10 games this season, two of which came after he blocked the shot against the Coyotes before his injury was realized to be more severe than initially suspected. The second-year pro has two goals and two assists for four points on the season.