Monday afternoon served as a welcome reminder that David Pastrnak is one of the best young forwards in the NHL, and that the 23-year-old is back mentally and physically after battling through an up-and-down playoff performance last spring.
Pastrnak pumped in a career-high four goals in Boston’s 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, and now has six goals in six games to start the season while once again kicking off a season where 50 goals and 100 points might be realistic goals for the game-breaker. It’s something that Pastrnak could have done last season had he avoided the late-season thumb injury that disrupted his best regular season, and left him at a bit of a disadvantage in the playoffs.
Now Pasta is looking for bigger and better things this time around.
“I definitely want to get to that point as a player. I think I can. It’s just going to take time,” said Pastrnak, of being a 50-goal scorer like Alex Ovechkin. “I think I can do it. [Alex Ovechkin] is a special player and he’s been on top of the league for a while. Sometimes he gets one chance in a game and it’s in the net. That’s the biggest thing. Sometimes I get four chances and it’s not in the net. It’s probably the consistency with him. He can have a bad game and still ends up with a goal.
“There is no regrets [about last season]. I just move forward. I want to get to that point where I have a shot at 50 goals. But it’s not my No. 1 focus. Hockey is a team sport and I’m just focused on being the best player I can be for this team.”