David Pastrnak's off-season plans following Bruins' Round 2 playoff exit against Panthers: Report

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers
David Pastrnak is set to represent his native Czechia at the 2024 IIHF World Championships

Boston Bruins star winger David Pastrnak will represent his native Czechia at the 2024 IIHF World Championships in Prague. Following the Bruins' season-ending 2-1 loss to the Panthers in Game 6, according to NHL reporter Amalie Benjamin, he would be heading home to join Team Czechia at the 2024 IIHF World Championship in Prague.

The 27-year-old alternative captain scored 49 goals and 110 points in 82 games, nearly surpassing his previous season output of 61 goals and 113 points in 2022–23. However, he was limited to only four goals and four assists in 13 playoff games this season.

Pastrnak will now shift his focus to representing Czechia on the international stage. Through the first six games of the World Championships, which began on May 10, Czechia sits atop the Group A standings with a 4-1-1-0 record and 15 points.

They hold a slim lead over Canada and Switzerland, who each have 14 points. Sweden leads Group B with a perfect 5-0-0-0 mark.

This will mark Pastrnak's fourth time suiting up for Czechia at the World Championships. In his previous three appearances, he has amassed an impressive 12 goals and 11 assists in 20 games played.

His best performance came in 2022, when he scored seven goals and added three assists in just seven contests.

Pastrnak is expected to make his 2024 Worlds debut on Tuesday when Czechia faces off against Canada at 10:20 a.m. ET in a game that can be viewed on the NHL Network.

David Pastrnak on Bruins' early playoff exit

Despite the Boston Bruins' disappointing second-round playoff loss to the Florida Panthers, star winger David Pastrnak remains proud of his team's performance this season.

In his end-of-season media availability on Sunday, Pastrnak expressed his admiration for the group.

"I'm super proud of the group," Pastrnak said. "We got much younger, we have some experienced guys who came in and won the (Stanley) Cup and did an unbelievable job that any player could learn from."

The Bruins finished the regular season with an impressive 47-20-15 record, proving doubters wrong after many predicted they would be a wild-card team. But the sting of their playoff exit, losing the series 4-2 to Florida in the second round, still lingers.

"There was a lot of tight games in the playoffs where we needed to score a lot more goals," Pastrnak added. "Sometimes we made a couple mistakes and those are our learning experiences. We just need to be able to close out the tight games and overtime and stuff like that."

Despite the early exit, David Pastrnak remains upbeat about the team's future.

Quick Links

App download animated image Get the free App now