David Pastrnak, the Boston Bruins' first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, skated a regular shift at practice Thursday, and coach Claude Julien said he's hoping Pastrnak will be able to play in a preseason game this weekend.
"That's the hope," Julien said, according to the Bruins website, when asked if Pastrnak might get into the game Friday against the New York Islanders or Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. "I think right now, he's feeling good. He looks like he's ready, and the only thing that's stopping us from saying yes right now is we just need the doctors to clear him.
"[I'm] feeling confident that he will be [cleared], from what David's telling me himself -- he feels good, so we'll wait and see, and probably be able to confirm that for you [Friday] morning."
Pastrnak has not played in a preseason game since Boston's main camp began, though he did participate in a rookie tournament in Nashville the week before. He injured his shoulder on the second day of practice when he lost his balance and went into the boards awkwardly.
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