By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12
Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been named the NHL’s Second Star of the Month for October. Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson took him First Star of the Month honors after his historic start the the season, while Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl rounds out the pack as Third Star of the Month.
Pastrnak had an unbelievable start to the season through the first month as he posted 11-13-24 numbers in just 12 games. His 11 goals are good enough for a share of the league-lead with Draisaitl, while his 24 points are second to Draisaitl’s 25. The Oilers’ skater just recently passed Pastrnak as he had a three-point night on Wednesday while the Bruins have remained out of action since Tuesday night.
The Bruins most-productive forward, Pastrnak has been a lethal offensive threat for the last few seasons. In 332 career games, the 23-year-old has 144-164-308 totals to go along with a plus-50 rating. The Czech phenom has been one of the key reasons the Bruins have been able to trot out one of the league’s most dangerous power plays as he has 49 power play goals and 97 power play points.
The 25th-overall pick to Boston in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrnak has grown exceptionally, posting new career-highs in goals and points in each of his last three seasons, highlighted by his 81 points (38g, 43a) in just 66 games during the 2018-19 campaign. Pastrnak also makes up one third of what some consider the best line in all of hockey as he has been a staple for Boston’s first line at right wing with Patrice Bergeron centering him and Brad Marchand.