Dom Lunardo| November 10th, 2019
Pasta la Vista, Baby! When the Boston Bruins selected talented Czech winger David Pastrnak with the 25th overall pick back in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, they knew right from the start that they were getting a special player. The fact that “Pasta”, as he’s so commonly referred to by his Bruins teammates, went so very late in the first round is still a mystery to so many who cover the National Hockey League on a day-to-day basis. Fast-forward to his 6th NHL season, and we’re now talking about one of the most elusive and dynamic forwards in the NHL who is rapidly becoming (if he isn’t already) one of the finest players in the sport.
After 16 games played this season, Pastrnak has amassed an incredible 15 goals, 15 assists for 30 points, to go along with a +5 rating. His Boston Bruins have also gone 11-3-2 out of the gate and are on a torrid pace themselves at the top of a very competitive Eastern Conference. Playing alongside the likes of Patrice Bergeron, one of the most graceful and productive centers of his generation, and the ever enigmatic, Brad Marchand, has only helped his development into a bonafide superstar in today’s game. Not to mention that this potent trifecta of Pastrnak-Bergeron-Marchand makes up one of the best lines in all of hockey and a go-to for Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy night after night.
So here we sit on the a Sunday full of classic NHL games set to take place. Hockey fans from coast to coast huddle around their television sets and watch their favorite team religiously and with pride. Many of whom also engage in many topics of conversation. The one that I’m most intrigued by, is that David Pastrnak, without a shadow of a doubt, is my early candidate for the Hart Memorial Trophy, an award given annually to the player who is deemed to be the most valuable to his team. As the current leader in scoring in the National Hockey League, this is a valuable take for a tremendous young talent. At 23 years of age, and on an absolute steal of a contract ($40.5M/6 years), that he signed back in September 2017, the sky’s the limit for Pastrnak, as he and his Bruins teammates hope to once again have a long playoff run this spring.
Other players in the Keep an Eye On series: Jack Eichel | James Neal
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