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Boston Bruins Post-Draft Media Availability Composite

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI…

On David Pastrnak…


He’s a better shooter than David [Krejci] was and he plays both, but he’s mainly a right-hander.

On where David Pastrnak is in his game…
We’ll have to see. He’s got another year…I don’t mind him staying there another year. We’ll have to sit down with the agent. This kid, he’s got a great story. I don’t know — with his mother and what he’s done away from home at an early age. He’s got a great story. Single parent, and she works two jobs to support to him back in Czech.

On whether Pastrnak could potentially be a first-line player…
I think he has a chance. I think he’s definitely a second-line player. I don’t know if it’s first line but he’s got sense, he’s got skill and those two things give him a chance.

On whether he believes the Bruins will re-sign Jarome Iglina…
I’m concerned but I think it’s a challenge we can overcome. If we can’t sign Jarome [Iginla], we’re going to find a good player. We feel all our young guys are going to get better.

BOSTON BRUINS DIRECTOR OF AMATEUR SCOUTING KEITH GRETZKY…

On the selection of David Pastrnak…
We got one player at 25 that we thought wouldn’t be there and everybody was excited about it. He’s a good, skilled player. He plays two ways, he plays center and right wing. So we’re excited.

On what David Pastrnak brings to the table…
It’s just, he competes and he’s got skill and we thought we needed some more skill. He handles the puck real well, he protects the puck real well and he’s full of energy. You gravitate to him.

On what David Pastrnak needs to work on…
He’s got to get stronger and that’s one area that he knows, and we’ve talked to him — we’ve spent a lot of time with him. Myself, Scotty [Scott Bradley] and Dean [Malkoc] and PJ [Axelsson] took him out, spent time with him to make sure that he was there, that he was willing to do the work, and we believe he is. He moved away when he was young, he wanted to be a hockey player. He moved to Sweden to play and we’re excited.

On comparisons to David Krejci
I believe that. He plays hard. He competes on the puck. He’s not going to run over guys and that’s one thing that we love. He can handle the puck. It’s something nice, at pick 25, that we got. We’re excited.

On whether Pastrnak’s Swedish team will move up…
They’re spending a lot of money to move up. They have to play one more year. He gets a lot of ice time for a young kid and we saw him in April in Europe. And we thought maybe there was a chance that he’d be there. We focused on skill and his compete and you can have all the skill you want, but if you don’t compete…

On Pastrnak’s battling skills…
He handles the puck. If he doesn’t bring something offensively, he battles down low really good.

On how Pastrnak plays in tournaments…
In the tournaments, it was more his own age, so you see him handle the puck more and be more confident and we really didn’t think he’d be there. There was a chance that we’d take somebody else, but he has something that we like and we’re excited.

On whether this was a forward-heavy class…
We were going to take the best player, and the thing that we thought we needed and the guy that can handle the puck and compete.

On whether Pastrnak is a right shot…
Yeah, right shot.

BOSTON BRUINS PROSPECT DAVID PASTRNAK

On being drafted by the Bruins…
It’s unbelievable. I was getting nervous after every pick more and more and I’m really proud that Boston believed in me and they picked me and…I like them. They’re a good organization and great people.

On what he knows about the Bruins…
Actually I know much. I know the players, I know they’re a great team and I know the people from the meetings and that’s what I know. And I promise I will know more.

On his style of play…
I think they’re a pretty talented team. They play good offensively and they have a really good defense and a goalie, so I think that’s the perfect team and I really hope that I can be part of this team.

On players he emulates…
I’m trying to play like [David] Krejci from when I was born. He was my idol from when I was small and he is still. And still he is my idol.

On what he does well on the ice…
I try and do a lot of skating. I think I can make a run. I think I have a good hockey sense. I’m a team player and that’s it.

On what he does well defensively…
I try to play a two-way game and that’s important in this kind of hockey right know, that you have to be good on defense, too. If you want to be a good hockey player you have to play for the team and you don’t play for the team just with scoring. You have to do something on defense and that’s something like blocking shots.

On playing for the same team as David Krejci
I wish I will meet him, and I really am interested to meet him and learn some experience from him and it’s going to be great.

On meeting Peter Chiarelli and Cam Neely
At the beginning, I felt that they were great people and there was a great meeting and right away, I didn’t have it like that with other teams — that I liked the meeting so much. And it was good talking to them and they knew what they were talking about and I’m really happy.

On what he has to work on to be ready for the NHL…
I have to get stronger but I think it’s coming with time because I practice hard, so I think it’s going to come and … make better decisions around the blue lines. There’s a lot of things I have to work on and I will do that and I hope I can get better and make the Bruins proud that they picked me in the first.

On the potential for his current team to move up the ranks in Sweden…
We’re building the team to go up for next season to the highest league. I was 15 years old when I got there and they also support me so I’m just trying to give back to them.

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