david pastrnak | #88
RW | 6' 0" | 194 lb | Age: 24 | Boston Bruins
When David Pastrnak walked on stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia after being selected by the Boston Bruins with the No. 25 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, he kissed his hand and pointed to the heavens.
The tribute, personal and heartfelt, was for his father, Milan, who was an adviser, cheerleader, inspiration and hockey/life coach who had died of cancer 13 months earlier. Milan Pastrnak had always dreamed of his son playing in the NHL, and now David was putting the famed Bruins jersey over his head.
Entering the draft, NHL Central Scouting had ranked Pastrnak fifth among European skaters. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, it was felt that in time Pastrnak would fill out and his puck and passing skills would approach NHL levels.
After signing an entry-level contract on July 15, 2014, and attending Bruins training camp, the Havirov, Czech Republic, native was assigned to Providence of the American Hockey League.
But he didn't stay long.
He scored 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 25 games before being called up in November.
On Jan. 10, 2015, at Wells Fargo Center, the arena where he was drafted and saluted his late father, Pastrnak scored his first two NHL goals in a 3-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.
After finishing the 2014-15 season with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 46 games, expectations were high for Pastrnak, who broke out in 2016-17, finishing second on the Bruins with 70 points (34 goals, 36 assists).
That earned him a six-year, $40 million contract from Boston on Sept. 14, 2017, and the following season, he again ranked second on the Bruins with 80 points (35 goals, 45 assists) in 82 games while forming one of the best lines in the League with center Patrice Bergeron and right wing Brad Marchand.
Pastrnak continued to build on his offensive output in 2018-19, getting 81 points (38 goals, 43 assists) in 66 regular-season games. In the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he had 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 24 games to help the Bruins advance to the Cup Final, where they lost to the St. Louis Blues in seven games.
In 2019-20, Pastrnak had 95 points, including 48 goals, which was tied with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for the NHL lead, in 70 games before the season was paused on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. He was also named captain of the Atlantic Division team for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.
NOTES & TRANSACTIONS
NHL First All-Star Team (2020)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (2019, 2020)