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on Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:28 pm
Four years ago, the Boston Bruins got an absolute steal on the player who’s currently their best offensive weapon. They signed left winger Brad Marchand to a four-year deal worth $4.5 million a year. On average, he was over a 20 goal-per-season player, leading the league in short-handed goals on several occasions.

This summer, they’re not likely to be so lucky with fellow winger David Pastrnak.

At the 2014 NHL entry draft, Pastrnak fell to 25th overall, getting scooped up by Boston just before the end of the first round. At the time, he was considered a calculated risk with a high upside. Always fast and electrifying, his offensive game stood out even during his draft-eligible season. His defensive instincts were lacking, though, and his size was a concern.

The risk of a player who only weighed 164 pounds at the time of the draft meant there was a chance he would either develop into a top-6 star or fade into obscurity. There was little chance he would do anything but take the league by storm or get edged out by the tighter North American checking game.

Of course, that risk is all but forgotten now. Few consider Pastrnak to be anything but a steal at the end of the first round. In fact, he could end up being one of the best players of his draft class.

Boston has to consider this when it approaches his new contract. He’s an RFA this summer, coming off of his entry-level deal as a highly productive young forward with plenty of upside left.

Marchand was a slow build, taking longer to hit the NHL and starting on lower lines before moving to his current top-6 position.

On the other hand, Pastrnak was immediately a star. He had 10 goals and 27 points in just 46 games as a rookie. His second year was another partial season that yielded 15 goals in 51 games. In 2016-17, he surpassed the 30-goal mark and collected 70 points, still falling seven games short of a full 82-game season.

Boston currently has 18 NHL players under contract for the 2017-18 season, working with just under $10.5 million in cap space.

Pastrnak is unlikely to use up all of that $10.5 million. He’s good, but he isn’t one of the NHL’s top-5 players, and he doesn’t have enough of a sample size to earn the best money in the league.

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on Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:01 pm
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