David Pastrnak

by Jason Banks on January 18, 2017

 

David Pastrnak - photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

 

David Pastrnak, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 176

Born: 1996-05-25

Hometown: Havirov, CZE

Drafted: 2014 by Boston Bruins, 25th Overall

 

Observations:

 

July 2017 – The explosive, Czech winger is now the Bruins top goal scoring threat on a tenacious and responsible top line. At only 21-years-old, he should be a fantasy team asset for the next 10 + years taken reasonably high (top 30-40) in year to year drafts. He should constantly flirt with point per game production and eclipse it when surrounded by other A-list talents. Jason Banks

 

June 2016 – Pastrnak showed significant improvement for the Bruins in his second season in the NHL. Scoring 15 goals and 11 assists, Pastrnak showed several flashes of brilliance last year including his performance for the Czechs at the World Championships. Pastrnak has fantastic scoring potential and elite level skating. An October foot injury limited Pastrnak to only 51 games in the NHL last season, but Pastrnak managed to salvage his year and turn in a very successful second half. Pastrnak is a positive possession player for the Bruins and scored a very respectable 1.27 goals per 60 (2nd highest on the team with significant sample size). Pastrnak would benefit from shooting the puck more often. At 2.11 shots per game, and a scoring clip of 13.9%, Pastrnak was on pace for a respectable 24 goals over the full 82. It is not unreasonable that given a healthy season and the proper opportunity Pastrnak could score 30 goals as early as this year. Michael Drover

 

September 2015 – Pastrnak tallied two goals in the Bruins' first exhibition game of the year. He has been practicing as a top-six forward in training camp and seems to be a lock to improve on last year's totals (27 points in 46 games) – 20 goals and 50 points in 2015/16 would be fair bet. Wherever you currently have Pastrnak on your draft sheet, consider moving him a bit higher. Michael Boeckler

 

January 2015 – Pastrnak will begin his second stint in Boston this week after the Bruins recalled the right winger yesterday. This season has gone very well for the young Czech, including 27 points in 24 game in Providence and seven points in five games at the World Juniors (including a spectacular OT goal vs. Denmark – see below for the link). He's rumoured to start the next game alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic, so consider adding him to your roster now if you've got space and are feeling lucky. Michael Boeckler

 

November 2014 – Bruins’ top offensive prospect, David Pastrnak, drew into his first career NHL game and played 7:53 minutes on the night, including 1:21 with the man advantage. Pastrnak had been lighting up the AHL as a rookie with five goals and 18 points (17 games). Brendan Ross

 

November 2014 – Pastrnak was named the American Hockey League Rookie of the Month for October.  The 18-year-old potted three goals and added seven assists in nine games for the P-Bruins. He may play a handful of games in Boston sometime this year. Pastrnak is one to keep an eye on. Michael Boeckler

 

June 2014 – The Boston Bruins selected David Pastrnak 25th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

February 2014 – Climbing the ranks quickly, David Pastrnak has been flashing his exciting offensive skillset at every level, most recently at the World Junior Championships. Using quick agile cuts and dazzling puck skills, Pastrnak attacks quickly often making defenders look foolish along the way. He hounds pucks in an unrelenting way and doesn’t steer away from traffic but his underdeveloped frame can hold him back occasionally in puck battles. The young Czech forward has been fantastic in Allsvenskan professional action and he currently leads his men’s team in scoring as a 17-year-old. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

 

Pastrnak projects as a dynamic top line winger with promising offensive upside who exemplifies top end puck skills and agility in his skating.

 

 

Footage:

 

Pastrnak’s post-game interview after his first career NHL game (November 24, 2014):

 

 

Pastrnak 2014 WJHC:

 

 

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