David Pastrnak: Man To Watch This Season

David Pastrnak has been a growing force for the Boston Bruins in his 5 seasons with the team. He started out small, playing 46 games in his debut season (2014-2015) with 27 points and playing in 51 games the next season with only 26 points.

After that, something seemed to click for Pasta. The then 20-year-old played in 75 games during the 2016-2017 season and collected a solid 70 points from 34 goals and 36 assists.

Pastrnak made a strong appearance for the Bruins in the 2017-2018 season. He played in all 82 games that season and recorded 80 points (35 Goals, 45 Assists). He was building an amazing name for himself in the city and looked to continue that energy into the 2018-2019 season.

Pasta started the season hot. In October, Pastrnak had 11 goals, 5 assists, a +6 rating, and a 19.6% shot percentage in just 12 games wile averaging 18:41 on the ice per game. He continued strong throughout the first 56 games of the season until falling in early February with a broken thumb. In those 56 games, Pastrnak had 31 goals, 35 assists (66 points) while averaging 19:02 on the ice.

Pastrnak returned on March 19th and finished out the last 10 games of the season. In those 10 games Pasta had 7 goals and 8 assists, finishing out the 2018-2019 with 38 goals and 43 assists for 81 points in 66 games.

The Bruins did push deep into playoffs, losing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Pasta played in all 24 playoff games with 9 goals and 10 assists.

But overall, Pastrnak still had a fantastic season. Although he had to miss out time with an injury, he still finished with more points (okay ONE point more) than last season. Not to mention that the guy’s skill has only improved as he’s grown in the league. Pastrnak had multiple highlight reel goals, he made his first All-Star appearance, and recorded 3 Hat Tricks last season.

Pasta is going to be the man to look out for this season should he stay healthy. He’s got the potential and the drive to hit the forty goal mark, maybe even 45. He’s one of the players that I’m most excited to see this oncoming season, I can’t wait to see how he’s grown his game over this off-season.

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