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David Pastrnak has had an unbelievable start to this season

You know he’s been good, but HOW good might surprise you.

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Since being drafted 25th overall in 2014, David Pastrnak has done nothing but impress.

From scoring 10 goals as a teenage rookie to continuing that growth with 15 last year, Pastrnak has gone from being a “quite a find!” kid to the most thrilling player the Bruins have had since Tyler Seguin.

Everyone has been impressed with Pastrnak this season, and rightly so: the kid’s been great.

However, a closer look at Pastrnak’s 17-game start makes what the 20-year-old winger has done all the more impressive.

Take a look:

  • Pastrnak is currently second in the NHL in goals-scored, behind only Sidney Crosby, who (as you may know) is pretty OK at hockey.
  • Pastrnak’s 13 goals in 17 games puts him at a clip of 0.76 goals per game. That’s a 62-goal pace over the course of an 82-game season.
  • Pastrnak is third in the NHL in CF% at 61.88, behind only his linemates, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
  • Pastrnak is second in the NHL in CF60 (shot attempts-for, per 60 minutes of ice time) at 74.26, again behind only Crosby.
  • Pastrnak is second in the NHL and first among NHL forwards in % of Team’s GF at 57.14%, meaning he’s been on the ice for 57.14% of the 5v5 goals the Bruins have scored this season.
  • Pastrnak is third in the NHL in goals scored per 60 minutes of ice time at 1.88.

I suppose the take home point here is David Pastrnak is good at hockey.

The caveats here, of course, are that we’re only 16 games into the season for Pastrnak and that he’s currently sporting a high PDO and an unsustainable shooting percentage of 23.6%, nearly 10 points about his career average.


Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.

Pastrnak be praised.

All advanced stats were as of 12 PM on Sunday, and were 5v5 only. Stats came from the great