By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12
On Saturday evening, the National Hockey League announced that Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been voted Atlantic Division captain for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (Central), Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan), and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (Pacific) have also been voted as the three other division captains.
The honor comes as Pastrnak’s second consecutive All-Star selection of his career, having earned a spot in 2019. The right-winger won the Accuracy Shooting challenge at last year’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Through 36 games this season, Pastrnak leads the league in goals with 28 to go along with 22 assists, combining for 50 points, the sixth-highest total in the NHL. The the 22-year-old Czech’s 13 power play tallies also lead the league in that category. With 20 power play points, the 6-foot, 194 pound forward leads Boston on that front, while coming in at third behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl among the league leaders.
Pastrnak holds the second-highest point total on the Bruins, one behind Brad Marchand’s 51 points, and leads the team in goals, 10 scores clear of Marchand’s 18 tallies. With a plus-11 rating, Pastrnak ranks fifth among Bruins skaters and is tied for the 12th-best mark in the league.
Pastrnak is now in the midst of his sixth season in the NHL after Boston selected him 25th-overall in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Over the course of his career, he has notched 160 goals and 174 assists for 334 points in 356 games.
The 2020 NHL All-Star Game will be held on Saturday Jan. 25 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Friday Jan. 24.