The 2014 NHL Rookie Tournament is underway and the Bruins’ team lost to the Florida Panthers 2-0 in Game 1. I’m personally not going to read too much into this game; it’s just fun tournament to display some of the exciting young talent in the league.
What I will read into, however, is how the organization views some of these players and what their expectations are in them. What struck me in Game 1 was that they had 2014 First Round draft pick David Pastrnak play first line center. Pastrnak impressed everyone in Development Camp with his stick skills and skating abilities and has a solid chance to make the NHL roster as an 18-year old.
However, Pastrnak was drafted as a right winger. Why would they move him out of his natural position when that position is exactly what the Bruins need? The B’s already have extensive depth at center in Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Carl Soderberg, Chris Kelly, Gregory Campell and Ryan Spooner.
What we don’t have depth in is skilled wingers. After a gaping hole in the offense left by Jarome Iginla‘s departure, the Bruins are a little thin in that category. Furthermore, the only right handed forwards on the Bruins’ roster right now are centers Bergeron and Krejci. That’s insane.
So why the Bruins’ development coaches would opt to move a super talented young prospect from a position they need to a position they have great depth in beyond me. Could they possibly be moving a center like Kelly or Spooner and want to see if Pastrnak can excel in that position? Or maybe there’s an undisclosed injury we don’t know about.
Maybe I am reading a bit too much into this… it’s just one game in a rookie tournament. However, it just doesn’t make sense to me and if this continues going forward it is definitely something to watch.