The NHL announced various award winners this afternoon after coming to a decision to keep all regular season statistics where they are and not count statistics from the proposed qualifying rounds of the 24 team playoff. For the first time in team history, a Boston Bruin has won the Rocket Richard trophy since it was introduced in 1999 as the leading goal scorer in the entire league. David Pastrnak finished the regular season tied with Alexander Ovechkin with 48 goals to win his first major NHL award in his sixth season.
David Pastrnak is just the fifth Bruin to lead the NHL in goals (outright or shared), joining:
Phil Esposito (6x, most recently in 1974-75)
Bronco Horvath (1959-60)
Roy Conacher (1938-39)
Cooney Weiland (1929-30)
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 28, 2020
Pastrnak had been on a scoring tear pretty much the entire season, never going more than five games without a goal. He totaled four hat tricks this season including a four goal outburst against Anaheim and two separate hat tricks against Montreal.
It’s also worth noting that Pasta recorded four two goals games this season. He finishes the regular season with 48 goals and 47 assists for 95 points good for third in the entire league. It’s also the fourth straight season Pastrnak has recorded 30 goals or more. It’s not just goal scoring with Pasta that’s impressive, it’s his overall game as he’s had at least 40 assists and 80 points for the last three seasons.
David Pastrnak was drafted 25th overall, is only 24 years old, carries a cap hit of $6.66M and is a Rocket Richard Trophy winner. We are truly blessed.
— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) May 28, 2020
The Bruins selected the Havirov, Czech Republic native in the first round (25th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Pastrnak made his NHL debut the following season on November 24th, 2014 in Boston against the Pittsburgh Penguins.