Boston Bruins: David Pastrnak Not Ready To Return


Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak was injured two weeks ago. He injured his foot while blocking a shot during the Bruins 6-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes. He’s already missed four games because of the injury, and it appears that he will be out for longer than expected.

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“He’s still not ready to go, obviously,” said Claude Julien of the young Czech forward. The Bruins bench boss talked about his health after yesterday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. “I don’t know. Again, I haven’t heard much from our training staff, but they told me he’s not available.

“I was expecting him to maybe be back today. We’ll see what comes out of that.”

Pastrnak started out the season as part of the David Krejci line. He’s put up four points(two goals) for the Black and Gold. While the nineteen year old’s production hasn’t met expectations yet, a quick return will only reinforce the Bruins top six forwards.

Julien was asked by a member of the media if the Bruins had ruled out the possibility of a possible bone fracture. While one did not show up on the initial X-rays, it’s possible that could be the source of Pastrnak’s problem with getting back to the ice.

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  • “I don’t know, I don’t know,” offered Julien.“Really, to be honest with you, I think they’re still assessing that. They gave it a weekend to get through it and I think today [Tuesday] was probably one of those days where they’re going to re-evaluate it again, but I haven’t heard at this moment, whether the evaluation’s been done or what’s come out of the evaluation.”

    “It’s happened before and we always fear those things, you know, when guys get hit in their foot,” he said. “And we had a couple of guys last game get hit in the foot as well, so there’s always that fear and sometimes there’s some damage in there is not dangerous, you’ve just got to put up with the pain and some other ones you have to be careful with, so those are things you have to deal with when there’s foot injuries.”

    Currently the Bruins have Frank Vatrano on the Krejci line with Loui Eriksson. Vatrano has so far proven himself capable playing NHL-level hockey, so at least in the short term, the Bruins can breathe easier while their youngest player gets better.