Top 25 Under 25
#1 - David Pastrnak - L (Legend)
Where did he come from? 2014 Draft, 25th overall
Has he played in the NHL? Is that a joke? 178 GP, 61 G, 66 A, 127 PTS
Here we are: number 1.
We’ve gone through 24 other guys, from fringe defense prospects to exciting, NHL-caliber scorers, but you knew we were going to end at Yung Dave this entire time.
David Pastrnak was viewed as a longer-term pick when Peter Chiarelli (thanks, Pete) took him late in the first round in 2014.
He had potential, sure. Hell, we loved him here from the first time we saw his Swedish Cribs special. But no one really expected him to have much of an impact right away.
How wrong we all were...
Pastrnak made that year’s rookie camp a must-see event. He was invited to main training camp, where he endeared himself to everyone by not bringing equipment and losing his passport.
The Bruins faced a decision with the kid after a strong training camp, and elected to send him to Providence. He was recalled early in the season, scored his first two goals against Philly in January of 2015 and hasn’t looked back since.
Simply put, Pastrnak is far and away the most exciting player the Bruins have had since Tyler Seguin (shuld of nevar traed), or Phil Kessel before him.
(Side note: Seguin, Pastrnak, Kessel and Sergei Samsonov have to be the most electrifying individual Bruins of the 21st century, right? Man, young Samsonov could fly.)
The kid is an offensive dynamo, frequently making 1-on-1 moves that other players wouldn’t dare try.
He can beat you with his skating:
Or with his shot:
Or with a deke:
THE KID CAN DO IT ALL.
Lately, Bruins fans who carry water for management have said Pastrnak is soft on the puck, not great defensively or trotted out some other narrative that management wants to use to downplay his value.
While it’s true that Pastrnak isn’t a Patrice Bergeron-level two-way player, he’s also only 21 years old and is still growing as a player. Could he turn into a two-way guy who can kill penalties? Maybe.
But is that the best use of his talent? No, probably not. Let him go out there and use all of the talents in his toolbox to put up 40 (or 50) goals per season for the next decade.
What does the future look like for David Pastrnak?
You had to ask, didn’t you?
In all likelihood, it looks like a long-term deal in black and gold. There’s always going to be a small part of us that fears the Bruins screwing this up, but come on: it’s too easy to screw up (he says nervously).
At this point, I think Pastrnak signs a two- or three-year bridge deal just to get him back on the team in time for the season. Is that a good idea? No, it’s not.
The team should just sign him to a 8 x $7, 7 x $7.5 or something.
Will they? Hopefully.
In the meantime, Bruins fans can (nervously) look forward to Pastrnak highlights for years to come.