David Pastrňák is an 18-year-old Czech forward drafted out of Sweden as the Bruins 25th overall pick in 2014. He plays in Sweden because he has a better chance to develop in those leagues, which is true. He also competes for the Czech Republic at international events. He's pretty entertaining to watch.
Here are several examples of Pastrňák at international play. Here are some examples from the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden.
When Pastrňák was drafted, it was noted that he missed part of a season due to concussion, although he was able to make it back for the WJC tournament.
Unfortunately, the Czechs placed sixth in this tournament. But he still made his mark, such as with this shootout goal.
Although Pastrňák signed an entry-level deal with the Bruins this summer, he isn't likely to make the team. (If he earns a spot on the team, I won't object).
Pastrnak, a 6'0’’, 171-pound native of Havirov, Czech Republic, spent the majority of the 2013-14 season with Södertälje of the Swedish B League (Allsvenskan League) where he appeared in 36 games and accumulated eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points.
The "Swedish B League" referred to is second only to the Swedish Hockey League, formerly known as the Swedish Elite League, aka the league that tried to take Carl Soderberg hostage. Also worth noting, as Pierre McGuire did during the draft - Anze Kopitar played in this league.
The 18-year-old also played on the Czech Republic U18 World Junior team where he served as assistant captain, the Czech Republic U18 International Junior team, the Czech Republic U20 World Junior team, and the Czech Republic U20 International Junior team. During his time with those teams he totaled seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points in 35 games played.
In 2012-13 Pastrnak skated for Sodertalje J18 (J18 Elit and J18 Allsvenskan), Sodertalje 20 (SuperElite), Sodertalje (Allsvenskan) and the Czech Republic U18 team. Combined, the forward appeared in 69 games where he tallied 28 goals and 30 assists.
Pastrnak was drafted by the Bruins in the first round (25th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He recently attended the Bruins Development Camp in July of 2014.
Now that he has an entry level contract, he will be able to attend the Bruins regular training camp that begins in September. Last week, he took part in Hockey Canada National Junior Team Summer Development Camp held in Canada as part of the Czech team, preparing for the upcoming tournament at the end of the year. In the scrimmages against Canada as part of Hockey Canada's Summer Development Camp, Pastrňák was the best player on the ice for his Czech team, and it was quite impressive.
In the first of two games against Canada last week, the Czechs lost, but Pastrnak had a goal.
In the rematch, the Czechs won (largely because the Canadians played like absolute juvenile idiots trying to seek retribution for a hit). Pastrnak had two goals and an assist. His assist was a lovely pass and, shown here, opened the scoring.
Now here are his two goals that helped seal the Czech victory.
His second goal was even prettier:
Training camp can't come soon enogh.