MONTREAL | October 27, 2018, Patrice Bergeron told the Journal de Montreal that David Pastrnak had the required talent to burn his name on the trophy, Maurice Richard.
“I think it is possible for him to win this title”, said Bergeron, on the eve of a match between the Canadian and the boston Bruins at the TD Garden in Boston. “”Pasta” always wants to improve. He loves to create games, but he has an instinct for the finish. It is a marker. He always wants more. It is difficult to predict if he will win this trophy, but I sincerely believe that he has the skills to get there one day.”
A little over two years later, Bergeron has been going on for practically a visionary.
With 48 goals in 70 meetings, Pastrnak finished tied with Alex Ovechkin at the top of the markers in the NHL during that season, which was shortened due to the pandemic of the COVID-19.
To 24 years, the right wing of the Bruins won for the first time the trophy Maurice Richard, while Ovechkin (48 goals in 68 matches) has added a ninth title to his collection.
“For the Rocket, it is a huge honor,” said Pastrnak from his residence in Prague on a conference call with the media. “It is also a great honor to share this trophy with Alex. He wins virtually every year. I find myself at his side, I find it even more special. But it’s still a trophy individual, this is not my biggest goal.”
Two figures in the water
To the interruption of activities in the NHL march 12, Pastrnak found himself at the head for the goals, but also in the fourth rank of the high scorers with 95 points. It was two goals only reaching the plateau of 50 for the first time and five points for a first campaign of 100 points.
“To be honest, I find it a little sad, replied the Czech. I was even more angry to not have the chance to succeed a season of 100 points than 50 goals. It was a very good season for me. I can not control this unfortunate situation. I do, however, thank my teammates and my fellow trio, Bergy [Bergeron] and Marchy [Merchant]. Without a guy like Bergy, I would not be at this point in my career.”
The Hart to Draisaitl
Already a winner of a honor of the individual, Pastrnak will also receive the votes for the Hart trophy as the most valuable player in the circuit. Asked about this possibility, the number 88 of the boston Bruins has offered his / her choice.
“For me, there is no debate, Leon Draisaitl should prevail, he said. He has accomplished great things with the Oilers this season. I know that people say that he is playing with Connor [McDavid], but he has produced at a good pace during his injury. Draisaitl deserves this honor, in my opinion.”