The Boston Bruins will again be without David Pastrnak for a bit after it was announced on Monday that he injured his finger during play at the 2016 World Junior Championship, according to Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald.
The team has assigned him to the Providence Bruins of the AHL. He’ll likely just be down there until he’s 100% healthy and up to speed.
Pastrnak injured his foot earlier in the season, missing significant time. He was ready to return just prior to World Juniors and the Bruins decided to loan him to the Czech national team after the NHL roster freeze ended, the last possible moment to get him over there to help the Czech squad. He missed the first game of the World Juniors.
He will be evaluated by team doctors to determine when he’ll rejoin the Bruins lineup, but it’s not expected to be a significant setback.
“He’ll probably be looked at by our doctors to see if there’s any severity to it, or it’s just a minor thing,” coach Claude Julien said. “I don’t know myself. From what I’m told it’s not a serious thing.”
Pastrnak has tow goals and four points through 10 games with the Boston Bruins this season.
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