The Bruins assigned forward Seth Griffith to Providence Monday, an indication that Brad Marchand could be nearing a return to the lineup. Marchand was taken off injured reserve prior to Monday’s game against the Penguins.

The Bruins assigned forward Seth Griffith to Providence Monday, an indication that Brad Marchand could be nearing a return to the lineup. Marchand was taken off injured reserve prior to Monday’s game against the Penguins.

With Marchand off IR, the Bruins would have been over their roster limit of 23 players. By sending Griffith down, the team avoided exposing a player to waivers. Griffith is tied for the team lead with five goals, so there’s a chance he won’t be in Providence for long. The Bruins’ next game after Monday is Friday.

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DJ Bean
David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak obviously isn’€™t close to being the player he’€™ll one day be at the NHL level, but the usual shortcomings of a young skilled player are all worth overlooking for the 2014 first-round pick. The only true road block on the ice for Pastrnak playing in Boston this year was going to be his size.

“€œTo throw someone [in] at that age, at that weight…”€ Peter Chiarelli said, making a face when speaking at the conclusion of July’€™s development camp. “But there’€™€™s been guys that have done it.”

The 5-foot-10 right wing weighed 165 pounds when the Bruins got their hands on him in June’€™s draft. He was offensively sensational at points during a rookie tournament in Tennessee in September, but he didn’€™t seem well-suited for board work and was easily pushed away from the net by opposing defensemen. In his second NHL practice, he suffered a shoulder injury on a check from Matt Bartkowski.

Now, after dazzling at the AHL level with five goals and 13 assists for 18 points through 17 games for Providence thus far and being named the AHL’€™s Rookie of the Month in October, Pastrnak is in Boston and preparing for what could be his NHL debut Monday night against the Penguins.

He’€™s shown that he has adjusted to the smaller ice in North America after growing up in the Czech Republic and playing the last two years in Sweden, but as he heads to the NHL, the questions of whether he can handle the physicality of hockey’€™s toughest league aren’€™t going away.

Pastrnak hopes he can help answer those questions after putting on some weight in Providence. He said he’€™s bulked up a bit in Providence, guessing that he is currently up to 176 pounds and that the extra weight feels good.

“I feel a lot stronger on the puck and around the boards and in battling,” Pastrnak said. “I think it helps me. I like it. I didn’€™t lose my speed so much. That’€™s what I was looking for.”

Pastrnak skated on a line with Jordan Caron and Alexander Khokhlachev in Monday’€™s morning skate. That has been his line in Providence this season, so the trio at least has familiarity going for it.

When asked about the 18-year-old’€™s development, Claude Julien spoke about the strides Pastrnak has made as a defensive player. Pastrnak has long looked up to David Krejci, a Czech player who he feels is capable of being dominant offensively while also being responsible in his own zone.

“I think, right now, that’€™s what David is trying to learn in Providence,€” Julien said. “We know how dynamically he makes things happen. He’€™s a skill player, can score goals but we don’€™t expect perfection but you have to be at least a little bit reliable defensively.

“That’€™s what he’€™s working on over there and he’€™s gotten better, so that’€™s where we’€™re at with him and I guess, like you guys, I’€™m going to find out a little bit more about him if he plays tonight.”

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DJ Bean

David Krejci and Chris Kelly remain out for the Bruins as they face the

Claude Julien had to break up a light altercation between Tuukka Rask and Carl Soderberg in Monday’€™s morning skate after Soderberg respond

Claude Julien had to break up a light altercation between Tuukka Rask and Carl Soderberg in Monday’€™s morning skate after Soderberg responded to a slash from the goaltender with a shove.

Soderberg was in Rask’€™s face when Julien skated over and yelled to separate the two players. Rask is no stranger to losing his temper in practice (he’€™s stormed off the ice multiple times over the years), but hard feelings have never seemed to linger with the goaltender, who has long been popular among his teammates.

After the morning skate, Rask indicated that he and Soderberg were fine.

‘€œYeah,’€ Rask said with a laugh. ‘€œSomething for you guys to write about.’€

Julien was asked about the tussle and, predictably, said all was well.

‘€œIt wasn’€™t even a tussle,’€ Julien said. ‘€œThey’€™ve already kissed and made up, so it’€™s not an issue.’€

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DJ Bean

David Krejci and Chris Kelly remain out for the Bruins as they face the Penguins Monday night. Both players were absence from morning skate, with Claude Julien saying afterwards that Krejci has taken a step backwards with his injury and that Kelly is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Brad Marchand is also a game-time decision for the Bruins, with Julien saying there are other forwards who could be in or out due to injury. Both David Pastrnak and Jordan Caron were present for the skate. The lines in morning skate were as follows:

Marchand/Fraser – Bergeron – Smith
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Caron – Khokhlachev – Pastrnak/Griffith

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DJ Bean

Zdeno Chara was spotted on the ice at TD Garden by Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald Monday morning, marking the first time the Bruin

Zdeno Chara was spotted on the ice at TD Garden by Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald Monday morning, marking the first time the Bruins’ captain has been seen skating since being declared out with a torn PCL suffered last month.

Chara is four and a half weeks into what the Bruins said would be a 4-6 week recovery. He is one of three defensemen currently out for the Bruins, as Adam McQuaid is expected to miss 5-7 more weeks with a broken thumb and David Warsofsky is nursing a groin strain. Warsofsky was playing in Boston as an injury replacement.

The Bruins also announced the callups of David Pastrnak and Jordan Caron Monday morning. Both transactions were made Sunday. For more on the recall of Pastrnak, click here.

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DJ Bean

The David Pastrnak era will soon begin in Boston, as WEEI.com has learned the B’s will recall the right wing prior to Monday’s game against the Penguins.