Bruins 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak’s whirlwind first season in North America will continue next week when he leaves the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League to join the Czech Republic for the World Junior Championship.

Pastrnak has five goals and 20 points in 19 games for the P-Bruins. In five NHL games the 18-year-old has one assist.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statment on Pastrnak:

The Bruins will assign David Pastrnak to the Czech National Junior team for the upcoming World Junior tournament following the Providence Bruins game on December 20.

The Czech Republic has a training camp that starts Dec. 16 overseas. The team will then come to North America, where Pastrnak will join the fray. The WJC starts Dec. 26 with games in Toronto and Montreal. The P-Bruins have four games between now and Dec. 20. The WJC ends Jan. 5, so Pastrnak could miss as many as six games or more depending on if the Bruins want him to rest after the experience.