David Pastrnak should be here to stay
The Boston Bruins have not done much right this season.
Let me rephrase that. The Boston Bruins have not done anything right this season.
A handful of questionable trades coupled with an underachieving roster has the Bruins sitting outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture and because of that things are getting worse for the Black and Gold.
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On Monday the Bruins recalled David Pastrnak from the Providence Bruins shortly after he returned from the World Junior Championship, a tournament that Pastrnak performed very well in, leading his native Czech Republic in scoring with one goal and six assists in five games.
The Bruins are in a world of hurt right now and are left searching for ways to get things back on track. There’s no one single body that will walk into the dressing room and completely turn things around on their own. It’s going to take a combination of new blood and blood already on the B’s roster to get them out of this funk they seem to be stuck in.
One player that can help the Bruins get the ball rolling is Pastrnak, and because of that he should be here to stay.
During his five-game run with the Bruins earlier this season, Pastrnak didn’t exactly dominate the games he played in, but he wasn’t bad either. The 18-year old showed some signs of promise and a glimpse into what can be a very bright future for the 2014 first round draft pick.
Chipping in with just one assist in the five games, Pastrnak still has a lot to learn. But his most recent stint in the American Hockey League combined with his performance in Canada during the World Junior Championship has helped the youngster mature as a hockey player.
In 23 games with the Providence Bruins, Pastrnak scored 10 times and added 17 assists. Those are very good numbers for a kid known for his offense.
Offense, is one key part of the Bruins’ game that is missing right now.
The Black and Gold now sit 21st in the league in goals per game, averaging 2.55 per contest, a big difference from a season ago where they scored a league high 3.15 goals per game.
Five months into the 2014-15 season, the Bruins are still searching for a consistent top-line right winger to replace Jarome Iginla. Obviously replacing a future Hall of Fame forward and 30-goal scorer is no easy task, but the B’s haven’t even come close to the production Iginla gave them with their revolving door of a top-line right wing.
Pastrnak is no Iginla, and maybe he never will be. But he is surely no worse than what they have there now. Guys like Seth Griffith, Loui Eriksson and Craig Cunningham haven’t gotten the job done on the Bruins top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, so why not give Pastrnak a shot?
With Krejci out of the lineup during Pastrnak’s five-game stint with the Bruins, he never got a chance to lineup alongside Lucic and Krejci. How Pastrnak fits in with the two first line forwards remains to be seen, but the duo can use all the help they can get.
Pastrnak’s speed combined with Lucic’s strength and Krejci’s natural playmaking ability may be just the perfect recipe that the Bruins are looking for.
They say scoring in hockey is contagious. The Bruins need the Krejci line to start scoring and hope that sets the three other lines off. Pastrnak could be the key to getting that going, a perfect reason as to why he needs to stay in Boston for the rest of the season.
A lot of pressure for an 18-year old you say? Sure it is, but sometimes pressure is never a bad thing.