First-round draft pick David Pastrnak has opened the eyes of many with the skill-set he has showcased at development camp. The Czech dazzled with swift stick-handling, smooth skating and highlight worthy dangles. Boston knew what the youngster could do when they called his name on draft night, but watching his game in person has many already thinking to the future.
Boston selected the 18-year-old with the 25th overall pick in June. Peter Chiarelli and company pinpointed Pastrnak because of his documented offensive repertoire. They likened his play-making ability to that of current top-line center David Krejci, and that’s what attracted them the most.
While his defensive game is still a work in progress, it’s his exciting offensive play that the Bruins envision paying dividends in the future. They also admire the intensity he plays with.
Pastrnak has shown some killer instinct in camp. His fancy dangles and ability to create space is lethal. Because of that, he’s shown the ability to set up his teammates for high percentage scoring chances. He’s agile and can use his body to shield the puck rather well for an 18-year-old.
His pesky attitude works toward creating turnovers on the defensive end. If in a position to shoot the puck, Pastrnak is most dangerous with screens in front.
Weighing in at just 167 pounds, Pastrnak must work on building up his size. He can handle the rough play, but he is susceptible to being physically slowed down in the corners and held behind the play.
Obviously Pastrnak will have plenty of time to work on his deficiencies. As of right now, the Bruins plan on sending him back to play in Sweden next season, where he can further develop. He was without out a doubt the most impressive player in camp from an offensive standpoint.
He certainly has tremendous upside. It appears as if he’ll someday be an effective scorer in Boston, but perhaps CSNNE.com’s Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty summed it up best writing, “he is the real deal.”