If Rask’s absence was unavoidable – and by all accounts, it seems directly or tangentially related to the pandemic – Pastrnak’s might have been. He has a physical injury, after all, and one can’t help but wonder if it has been the direct result of poor preparation. Don’t forget that Pastrnak was late to report for the start of training camp and then had to be quarantined, something which even Bruins president Cam Neely openly questioned.
A day after making his post-COVID debut with the team, David Pastrnak was held out of Bruins practice Thursday afternoon. Trade deadline acquisition Ondrej Kase missed the session as well after skating on Wednesday.