Youth and beauty lead Boston Bruins to Opening Night victory

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jake DeBrusk /

The Boston Bruins youth movement is in full swing. In their Opening Night victory, the kids showed off the talents that could someday lead to another Stanley Cup.

While relative grey beards Patrice Bergeron (32) and Brad Marchand (29), along with actual grey beard Zdeno Chara (40), are the Boston Bruins’ most indispensable players, a trio of young’uns stole the show on Thursday night.

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First came a beautiful one-timer off the stick of 21-year-old David Pastrnak. A lengthy contract stalemate over the summer led to some speculation that Pasta could be the next young star shipped out of The Hub. But after signing a deal for 6 years and $40 million, Pastrnak wasted no time proving his value, riffling a bullet past Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne to put the B’s up 1-0.

All In The Family

After Nashville tied the game, the Bruins jumped back ahead thanks to the first goal of 20-year-old Jake DeBrusk’s career. Jake is the son of former NHL winger Louie DeBrusk. So you might think he got his goal scoring touch from his dad. But Louie did more with his fists than his stick, racking up over 1,100 PIM in his 401 NHL games.

That said, the only thing more beautiful than Jake’s calm wrist shot past Rinne was his tough guy father’s tears after he watched his son record the first of perhaps many NHL goals.

Who Needs Seasoning?

Ten minutes later, the Bruins top prospect, 19-year-old Charlie McAvoy, made his presence known, firing a gorgeous wrist shot past Rinne to put the B’s up 3-1.

McAvoy made his NHL debut during last season’s playoffs, jumping straight from Boston College to the Boston Bruins. While he might someday take in the sights of Providence, if McAvoy is everything this goal promises, the Baby B’s will have to do without.

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While there will likely be growing pains to come for these green players in Black and Gold, for one night at least, the future looks bright. And the present looks pretty darn good too.