Bruins 23 year old star winger David Pastrnak earned the NHL’s Second Star of the month for October. In the first 12 games of the season Pastrnak collected 24 points. He sniped 12 goals and assisted on 12 scores. The Washington Capitals John Carlson and Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl were the First and Third Stars of the month, respectively.
After getting 0 points against the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes in the first two matchups of the season, Pasta turned up the heat. Here are his stat lines for the next 10 games.
October 8th at Las Vegas Golden KNights: 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points.
October 10th at Colorado Avalanche: 1 goals, 1 assist for 2 points.
October 12th vs New Jersey Devils: 1 assist for 1 point.
October 14th vs Anaheim Ducks: 4 goals for 4 points.
October 17th vs Tampa Bay Lighting: 2 goals, 1 assist for 3 points.
October 19th at Toronto Maple Leafs: 1 goal, 1 assist for 2 points.
October 22nd vs Toronto Maple Leafs: 1 goal, 1 assist for 2 points.
October 26th vs St Louis Blues: 1 goal for 1 point.
October 27th at New York Rangers: 5 assists for 5 points.
October 29th vs San Jose Sharks: 1 goal for 1 point.
His first game in November wasn't bad either. Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, with a goal and two helpers.
That adds up to an unbelievable 27 points in 11 games. Now Pastrnak absolutely benefits from skating on the same line as bonafide superstars Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Not to mention, he is getting fed the puck from power play wizard Torey Krug. However, as productive as he was last year playing with those guys, he was not at this level.
Battling through a thumb injury that cost him a significant chunk of time, Pastrnak put up 38 goals and 43 assists for 81 in 66 games. The power play production has been a huge factor for his increase in points.
12 of Pastrnak's 27 points have come on Boston’s lethal power play. He already has eight on the man advantage goals, when last year he scored 17 on the PP.
Now what the really interesting aspect is what does this hot start really mean? Pastrnak could be a really talented scorer who has come firing out of the gates and will soon start to cool off. Or maybe Pastrnak really has entered another level of NHL super-stardom. It is possible he will become a player who consistently puts up 50 goals and 55 assists. He might mature into one of, if not the, most feared offensive player in the NHL.
One noteworthy aspect of Pastrnak’s early career is he continues to improve every year. He has seen an uptick in production every season except when his rookie year barely outperformed his sophomore campaign. He had 27 points his first year compared to 26 his second season. Bruins fans should be quite excited with the play of the Czech winger, especially since he is only making $6.67 million a year until 2023.
Story by Chad Jones
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