BostonBruins.com - There are steps David Pastrnak has to take.
Since the moment the Czech was drafted by the Bruins 25th overall in the first round in June, he started his climb in Black & Gold.
Putting on the Spoked-B for the first time was just the beginning for the flashy, skilled winger.
The club's development camp in July was another step. He made enough of an impression that the Bruins wanted to bring him back to Boston for rookie camp in September.
On Tuesday, Pastrnak completed that step, scoring his first goal en route to Boston's 4-2 win over Nashville in the final game of the rookie tournament in Antioch, Tenn. His dynamic play was on display, earning him all-tournament honors from team officials and scouts.
Now comes main training camp and then preseason games, but Pastrnak is not getting ahead of himself.
"I don't know, I feel like I'm on second floor, and NHL is on fifth," Pastrnak said following the game, when asked where he feels he's at after rookie camp.
"So I have three more floors," he added with a smile.
That analogy didn't come from anyone except Pastrnak, but General Manager Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins' brass have the same approach for the forward: to manage expectations.
ANTIOCH, TN - Boston's rookies capped off their tournament in Tennessee with a 4-2 victory over Nashville on Tuesday. They finished with a win and two losses, falling to Tampa Bay and Florida.
Griffith got Boston on the board midway through the first period. Mitchell Dempsey stole the puck at the offensive blueline and sent a chip pass up to Griffith, who punched in his first of the tournament from in tight.
Nashville tied it up 1-1 in the final minute of the period, after Griffith took a high-sticking penalty behind the play. Tournament MVP Filip Forsberg then put a power-play goal past Malcolm Subban through traffic.
The Bruins ran into penalty trouble in the second period. With eight seconds left in a Predators' 5-on-3 opportunity, Subban made a split save, stopping the puck under his left skate blade. He followed that up later on the penalty kill with sprawling glove saves that showcased his athleticism.
"That's a good sign that my timing is coming back, so I'm just looking to keep doing that consistently throughout main camp," said Subban.
ANTIOCH, TN - The Bruins rookies practiced on Monday morning at the Ford Ice Center, in preparation for their final game of the tournament on Tuesday against Nashville's rookies.
This year's setup gives the teams a beneficial day of rest and practice following back-to-back games, instead of three games in three days like last year's tournament in Florida.
Forward Brian Ferlin and defensemen Linus Arnesson both took maintenance days. A frustrated Anthony Camara had to leave the skate about a half hour early after catching a stick up high, and went to get stitches as a result.
It's been a tough start to camp for Camara, who is trying to shake off the rust from being out of competitive game action since March when he sustained a concussion with Providence.
David Pastrnak has also been victim to an errant stick this week, catching one up high during the first game against Florida. He was missing half of a front tooth afterwards. Seth Griffith has also needed mouth repairs during the tournament.
"We've had a couple guys already visit the dentist down here, so we don't need any more," Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney said with a smile following practice.
The puck drops for Boston's final game of the rookie tournament on Tuesday against the Predators at 1:00 p.m. local/2:00 p.m. ET. While the games are not live streamed, a postgame recap will be posted to BostonBruins.com.
ANTIOCH, TN - As the Bruins' rookies have been showcasing themselves in Tennessee during a three-game tournament, General Manager Peter Chiarelli has been perched up top, watching their every move.
The GM's focus, though, isn't only on watching the young prospects prove themselves to the Bruins' brass.
Boston's main camp opens on September 18, and Chiarelli still needs to fill out his 2014-15 roster.
The Bruins re-signed several restricted and unrestricted free agents in the offseason who will fill out the competition at training camp, including Niklas Svedberg, who will push for the backup role behind Tuukka Rask, defensemen Matt Bartkowski and David Warsofsky, and forwards like Justin Florek, Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham and Matt Fraser, who will all ramp up the competition up front.
David Krejci, who was set to enter a contract year, was signed to a six-year contract extension - a deal that Chiarelli deemed his top priority of the summer.
ANTIOCH, TN - The Bruins' rookies fell to Tampa Bay 3-2 in overtime on Sunday in their second game of the Nashville Predators Rookie Tournament at Ford Ice Center.
Center Ben Sexton gave Boston its first goal of the tournament to put the Black & Gold up 1-0 in the first period. After Sexton was kicked out of the faceoff, Matt Lindblad won the draw cleanly back to the forward, who quickly released a shot from the top of the circle. Lindblad called the play. It came on Boston's second shot of the game.
Sexton is entering his first full season as a pro. He finished up his fourth season with Clarkson University in 2013-14, before being signed to an entry-level contract in March and playing nine games with the Providence Bruins.
"He's come to camp in terrific shape," General Manager Peter Chiarelli said of the gritty two-way center, when he addressed media during the first intermission in Tennessee.
With the score knotted at 1-1 after the second period, Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the third. The goals came from Michael Aviani and Cody Kunyk.
Defenseman Frankie Simonelli - signed to an AHL deal with Providence - ripped in a shot past Tampa Bay goalie Kristers Gudlevskis from inside the blueline to tie it up 2-2 in the final frame, eventually sending the game to a seven-minute overtime period.
Brian Ferlin powered down the wing early in the extra frame and nearly made the cut towards the goal. After losing possession, he sped up ice on the backcheck, only to pick the puck up off a turnover and head back the other way on a breakaway. His legs were gone, though, and the defender caught him.
ANTIOCH, TN - The puck dropped on the Nashville Predators' Rookie Tournament Saturday at the Ford Ice Center, with the Bruins' rookies facing the Panthers' rookies in the first tilt.
Boston ended up falling 2-0 to Florida, with Malcolm Subban stopping 19 of 21 shots.
The group wasn't too thrilled with the outcome and starting the weekend off with a loss, but two more games still await. The Bruins' rookies play Tampa Bay on Sunday and Nashville on Tuesday.
Boston had most of the chances throughout the game, with 30 total shots to Florida's 21. Subban only faced three shots in the first period.
ANTIOCH, TN - The Bruins' prospects kick off the Nashville Predators Rookie Tournament today at the Ford Ice Center with a 1:00 p.m. (2:00 ET) game against the Florida Panthers rookies.
The team arrived on Friday and hit the ice for a practice in preparation for the tournament, which is part of the 2014 Bruins Rookie Camp, presented by AT&T. Providence Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy and Assistant Coach Kevin Dean are at the helm behind the bench, with Goalie Coach Bob Essensa also on the trip.
The Bruins' 22-player roster features 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. Eight players competed in last year's rookie tournament put on by the Panthers in Sunrise, Fl., including Anthony Camara, Mitchell Dempsey, Alex Fallstrom, Seth Griffith, Matt Lindblad, Chris Casto, Adam Morrison and Malcolm Subban.
Prospects like Brian Ferlin, David Pastrnak and Linus Arnesson have worn the Spoked-B during development camp, but have never suited up in real game action wearing the Black & Gold. Ben Sexton wore the P-Bruins Black & Gold at the end of the 2013-14 season, but like Ferlin, this marks his first ever rookie tournament with the club.
WILMINGTON, MA - The 2014 Bruins Rookie Camp presented by AT&T kicked off on Thursday with off-ice testing and an on-ice session at Ristuccia Arena for the 22 players participating.
The camp shifts to Tennessee on Friday for a tournament hosted by the Nashville Predators, with Bruins' rookies competing against Nashville, Tampa Bay and Florida rookies.
This time serves as an evaluation tool for Boston. It's a step up from the club's development camp that takes place in July. That's about getting comfortable and making an impression; this is about competition.
It's also the first official order of business for the Bruins to begin the lead-up to the 2014-15 season.
"It's an exciting time. Obviously, it kicks off a training camp environment," said Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney, following the first day of action. "These guys have worked hard to earn an opportunity to come. We talked a lot about opportunity [with them], with the organization itself and the competitiveness."
"[This is] about jobs now, and your career and the path you're choosing as a professional hockey player. So, it's time to put your best foot forward."
BostonBruins.com - Like his teammates, Brad Marchand didn't want to spend the summer dwelling on what happened last year.
"I wanted to focus more on how we can improve and get better, and I think that’s the goal every summer," Marchand said Tuesday following his first informal practice back at Ristuccia Arena.
"I think I had good summer training - lots of rest, we had a lot of time off and I’m really excited to get the season going."
Marchand may not dwell on last season, but the way it played out for him and the Bruins is what sparked a shift in his offseason training.
"I felt like my conditioning had to be up a bit, I thought that was where I kind of struggled last year," said the winger. "So I tried to focus a little more on that and more on mental aspects of the game, and hopefully that’ll help me improve."
While Marchand posted the second highest goal (25) and point (53) totals of his NHL career in 2013-14, along with a career-best 28 assists through his first full 82-game season, the forward faced inconsistency.
WILMINGTON, MA - The group for informal practices is growing larger at Ristuccia Arena, as players continue to filter back to the Boston area before rookie camp begins on September 11 and training camp opens on September 18.
Krejci had spoken with reporters at TD Garden on Monday afternoon upon returning to Boston from the Czech Republic, but he had not yet skated with his teammates. Tuesday gave him that opportunity.
Milan Lucic has been skating mostly on his own, but Tuesday's informal practice marked his first time staying on the ice for the full session. He's heading into training camp following offseason surgery on his left wrist. He did not appear limited.
The practice also saw Lucic, Krejci and Loui Eriksson all on the ice together at Ristuccia Arena for the first time since returning to Boston. Eriksson has an opportunity to earn the open spot on Krejci's right wing during training camp. Though the trio played a couple of games together at the end of the 2013-14 regular season, these informal practices will give them a chance to test their chemistry.