Don Sweeney: Bruins will make David Pastrnak available to Czech World Junior team

Scott McLaughlin
December 26, 2015 - 3:10 pm
Categories: 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced Saturday night that David Pastrnak will be made available to the Czech Republic for the World Junior Championship when the NHL's roster freeze ends on Monday, unless the Bruins suffer an injury that forces them to call up Pastrnak. Pastrnak has played two games for Providence in the AHL since returning from a foot injury. The Bruins were faced with the option of calling Pastrnak up to Boston or making him available for World Juniors. He could not have been kept in Providence while World Juniors were taking place. "He is fully healthy," Sweeney said. "Now we need to get him back to where he's back in our lineup. ... We think that based on last year and his experience there and coming out of that tournament with the confidence that he had, that he'll be able to come back to the full level that he had gotten to last year." Pastrnak registered a goal and six assists in five games at last year's World Junior Championship as one of the Czech Republic's top forwards, and he will be expected to be one of their top players again. While a heavy tournament schedule and big minutes could be seen as less than ideal for a player just returning from injury, Sweeney said Pastrnak is 100 percent and that he sees the increased ice time as a good thing. "Being off for seven weeks, that's a long time for any player, let alone a 19-year-old player, to jump back to the extreme of the National Hockey League level," Sweeney said. "I think this will give him a real shot in the arm from a confidence standpoint."

Comments ()