Wondering where these two guys will be playing this coming season. Sounds like the Bruins have already begun discussing options with them.
Sounds like the CHL Import draft is in a few days, is that right? If so, Pastrnak's options may be expanding soon.
From the Boston Herald:
The Bruins seemingly achieved their goal of upgrading team speed and scoring touch at the NHL draft in Philadelphia, particularly with their first two picks: forward David Pastrnak (first round, 25th overall) and center Ryan Donato (second round, 56th).
Both players have loads of talent and a commitment to the responsible, two-way play the B’s require of all their forwards.
New assistant general manager Scott Bradley gave a gushing evaluation of Pastrnak, who the Bruins rated far higher than No. 25 heading into Friday night. The B’s felt he was more like the 13th-best player in the draft.
“I know you hear this all the time, but I really think this is a high-value pick with Pastrnak,” said Bradley, invoking the name of NHL great Jaromir Jagr in comparison to the 18-year-old Czech Republic native. “I refer to him as a mini Jagr. He’s got that kind of talent, and he’s got some (Vladimir) Sobotka in him, too, Sobotka with offensive upside. I think it would be great if he could play with David (Krejci) one day.”
Pastrnak is under contract to play next season for Sodertalje in Sweden, where he has played since 2012-13. He said Friday his team’s goal in 2014-15 is to earn a promotion up to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), the top loop in the country. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated there is a possibility Pastrnak will move to Canadian major juniors, which would seem better preparation for the NHL.
The next step for Scituate’s Donato is unknown. There is an understandable family interest in him playing his senior season at the Dexter School, where he has 174 points (80 goals, 94 assists) in three years (84 games), not always against high-quality competition.
B’s director of amateur scouting Keith Gretzky indicated the 18-year-old would benefit more — athletically, if not academically — by moving to the USHL (Omaha).
“You want him to push himself,” Gretzky said. “The ideal would be the USHL. We’ll sit down with the family and decide what’s best for him.”