David Pastrnak on historic goal scoring run for Bruins
We require to have a little discussion about David Pastrnak, due to the fact that he is on the kind of objective scoring run over the previous couple of seasons that just the video game’s most elite gamers can accomplishing.
He lastly made his 2020-21 season launching this previous week for the Bruins and lost no time at all making his existence felt.
Going into Friday’s video game versus the Flyers, he has actually currently scored 5 objectives, taped 7 overall points, tried 37 overalls shots, and put 19 of those shot efforts on internet.
He is just one objective off of the Bruins group lead although he missed out on 7 video games, and over the previous 3 video games there is not another Bruins gamer who has actually tried more than 22 shots or taped more than 10 shots on objective.
Once Again, Pastrnak is at 37 and 19 in those 2 locations. Those are insane numbers over 3 video games.
Brad Marchand (2) is the only gamer that has more than one objective throughout that stretch. What makes Pastrnak’s early efficiency a lot more amazing is that he stepped right into the lineup coming off of offseason surgical treatment, most likely still a little less than 100%, and instantly not just began to control, however has actually solitarily brought the group’s offense in the video games he has actually played.
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It is an extension of the offending supremacy Pastrnak has actually shown over the previous 2 complete seasons, a stretch where he has actually ended up being a bonafide super star level entertainer.
How excellent has he been?
Simply think about that over his previous 82 routine video games played going back to the end 2018-19 (the equivalent of a complete season’s worth of video games) he has actually scored 60 objectives for the Bruins.
Bear in mind that over the previous 23 seasons there have actually just been 2 60-goal seasons in the NHL (Alex Ovechkin in 2007-08 and Steven Stamkos in 2011-12).
Given that Stamkos’ efficiency, the only gamer who has had an 82-game stretch over several seasons where they scored more than 60 objectives was Ovechkin with 67 from March 14, 2013 to March 5th, 2014.
The Bruins have actually had a great deal of fantastic gamers throughout the years, and specifically over the previous years to assist them reach 3 Stanley Cup Finals. However they have actually not had gamer like Pastrnak, or a gamer efficient in what he can doing, in years. A player that can dominate offensively and challenge for the goal crown on what now appears to be a yearly basis.
Patrice Bergeron is great and their best overall player over the past 20 years. But his dominance is different. It is a quiet dominance where he controls the pace of the game and neutralizes the other team’s best player.
Zdeno Chara was the foundation of the defense for years and a dominant force on the blue line. But again, he controlled the game in a very different way.
Brad Marchand is great across the board, but he is probably not going to challenge for the Rocket Richard award or win a scoring title (even if he has come close).
Pastrnak could. And does.
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When he finished last season with a share of the NHL goal scoring lead with Ovechkin, Pastrnak became the first Bruins player to lead the league in that category since 1975 (Phil Esposito), which was also the last time they had a points leader (Bobby Orr).
Had he not missed the first seven games this season due to injury, he might have actually been a favorite to win it outright. And who knows, he still might.
Go back to the start of the 2018-19 season (through Thursday’s NHL action) and just look at where he ranks offensively across the league.
• Goals per game: .654 (first)
• Points per game: 1.32 (fourth)
• Shots per game: 3.83 (fifth)
• Shot attempts per 60 minutes: 22.2 (fourth)
• On-Ice shot attempt share: 55.2 (30th, out of more than 580)
Offensively speaking, he is as elite as a gamer can get in the NHL right now.
When you are putting together a list of the best, most productive players in the league you are going to have a very clear select few players at the top. Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, Leon Draisaitl, and maybe even Artemi Panarin are going to be very high on such a ranking. And you can be sure that Pastrnak is going to be right there with them. Maybe not quite on the McDavid or MacKinnon level, but not far behind them, either.
Pastrnak is just now entering what should be his peak offensive seasons over the next couple of years (age 24-26) and if he continues on the trajectory he has established for himself the past two years he is going to have a chance to do things the Bruins have not seen in years.
They were already winning games without him at the start of the season. Now that he is back in the lineup and playing like this they are going to be even tougher to beat.
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