21-Year-Old Right Wing – Boston Bruins
David Pastrnak Contract Information:
Signed a six-year, $40 million contract with the Bruins in September of 2017.
Pastrnak re-joined the Bruins at training camp on Saturday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Though Pastrnak just turned 20 in May, the native of the Czech Republic already has 97 NHL games under his belt, as he approaches his third campaign as a pro. While chosen 25th overall by the Bruins in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrnak has emerged as one of the premier young talents in that class. He finished the 2015-16 season with 15 goals and 26 points in 51 games, with his second NHL campaign representing an up and down effort as a whole, hampered by injuries, most notably a fractured foot that the winger suffered on Oct. 31. Though the Bruins have had to endure occasional lapses in Pastrnakís puck management and defensive positioning, the energetic skater continues to display a skill set and brand of offensive flare that portends a high fantasy ceiling. With a top-six role likely on tap for Pastrnak this coming season, doubling his 2015-16 numbers is attainable assuming he avoids missing significant time due to injury. Currently listed at 6-foot, 181-pounds, Pastrnakís biggest challenge remains his ability to withstand the physical rigors of the NHL, but heís still filling out physically. Continuing to round out his all-around game remains his on-ice homework this season, but the spark that he offers the Bís attack is already evident.
Selected 25th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrnak -- who the Bruins list at 6-foot-0 and 167 pounds -- was viewed as a long shot to crack the big clubís roster at any point during his age-18 season. While he unsurprisingly began the 2014-15 campaign with AHL Providence, Pastrnak got off to a strong start there and was eventually called up in late November by the Bís, who were looking for a spark up front. The skilled, but slight Pastrnak ended up recording 10 goals and 27 points in 46 games for the Bruins, displaying a nice blend of speed, creativity and offensive instincts that bode well for his future production. With the likes of Milan Lucic, Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith having been cycled out, the retooling Bís are counting heavily on youngsters like Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner to build off the promising second halves they delivered last season. With that in mind, itís quite possible that Pastrnak, who turned 19 in May, could end up working on a line with talented playmaking pivot David Krejci; in such a scenario, the winger could make an even bigger splash during his second pro campaign in North America. Holding up to the physical rigors of the NHL remains Pastrnakís biggest challenge, though to his credit, he showed a refreshing willingness to battle for pucks with bigger and more experienced opponents last season.
The 2014 first-round pick from the Czech Republic spent last season in the Swedish B-League, appearing in 36 games and scoring eight goals to go with 16 assists. The 18-year-old Pastrnak will attend training camp with the B's and while the 6-foot, 171-pounder seems like a bit of a long shot at this stage to stick, his speed and skill opened eyes during the teams development camp. Heís a player to keep an eye on this fall, given that his listed position is right wing, an area where the Bruins have an opening.