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Twenty seven games into the season the Boston Bruins forward David Pastrank appears to be in midst of a historic season. His 16 goals to this point of the season place him third in the league in goals scored and put him on pace to score 5o this season. When Pastranak first made his debut all people would talk about was his size. The Bruins drafted the young forward in the first round of the 2014 NHL draft twenty fifth overall. He made his debut later that season and in 46 games recorded ten goals and seventeen assists for twenty seven points. Pastranak has never been the biggest body on the ice and during his rookie season many people questioned what would happen if he took a big hit. Three years later Pastrank is showing why he is a key part of the Bruins future and he emphasized that on Monday with his overtime winner against the Florida Panthers.
In overtime Pastranak took a pass from David Krejci and drove towards the net deking out the Panthers goalie and burying the game winner. On a play that would be difficult for most Pastrnak made it look effortless. Pastranak has carried the Bruins offensively as they rank near in the bottom in most offensive categories. This is because the Bruins are not getting the usual production from key players such as Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Spooner who have struggled to put the puck in the net. Before the season all the talk was about Brad Marchand as he signed an extension with the Bruins after a breakout season and an outstanding World Cup performance for team Canada. So far this season most of the talk for the Bruins has been about Pastranak establishing himself as one of the best young stars in the game and the return to dominance of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. In Pastrnak’s first two years in the NHL the most goals he scored in a season was 15 and 27 games into the 2016-2017 Pastranak has already set a new career high with 16 and counting. If the Bruins are going to return to the playoffs this year they’ll need their young defenseman to keep maturing and Patrice Bergeron to return to his form as the best two-way forward in the NHL. Pastranak however has shown early on that he can carry a team and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Written By: Jamie Gatlin