Discussions about David Pastrnak being a future All-Star began to catch wind on January 13th, 2015. It was the eighth game of his NHL career and the 18 year-old had just notched his second consecutive two-goal performance, leading the Bruins to an important 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Four years and two 30-goal seasons later, the man known in Boston as “Pasta” justified those early predictions with his first All-Star selection. At age 22, he’s tied for the fourth most goals in the NHL and is on pace for 50-plus by the time 2018-19 comes to an end. In other words, he’s begun to emerge as one of the best players in hockey.
His presence in San Jose this past weekend was a perfect opportunity for Pastrnak to show hockey fans outside of New England that the hype is real, so he did just that. On Friday, he won the accuracy competition with this ridiculous display:
Stumbled a little out of the gate before sniping the last four in a row to finish in just over 11 seconds. He also dished out a beautiful assist in the 3-on-3 tournament on Saturday.
Pastrnak was the lone All-Star on the B’s, who are currently fourth in the Atlantic Division at 27-17-5. They’ll begin the second half of their season on Tuesday night at the Garden against the Winnipeg Jets. Puck drops at 7.
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