ESPN’s Emily Kaplan is trying to build the perfect forward with the NHL’s current crop of players. And she has itemized a general list based upon skating, shot, passing, physicality, and awareness. Two Bruins’ forwards have qualified in a couple of sub-categories.
It really shouldn’t be a surprise that she selected David Pastrnak for his shot accuracy. For this season, Pasta’s shot accuracy was 17.2% . He led the league in goals for most of the season before Ovechkin finally caught up to tie him. In 2019, Pasta won the ASG Skills competition for shooting accuracy; he didn’t win this year’s because they put him in a trick shot competition instead.
This is what Kaplan said of our sweet goofy boy:
Shot accuracy: David Pastrnak, RW, Boston Bruins
Get used to seeing the 24-year-old Czech atop the NHL goal charts. Pastrnak, who does a ton of damage on the power play, is known for his accuracy. In fact, he won the accuracy competition at 2019 All Star Game. Pastrnak finished the regular season this year with 48 goals, tied with Ovechkin for No. 1 in the league, thanks in part to a 17.2% shooting percentage.
Again, Pasta is not alone on the list for his teammate Brad Marchand was selected for his wit and charm. Just kidding, it’s for his trash talking.
Trash-talking: Brad Marchand, LW, Boston Bruins
Marchand has the dubious honor of being named both the best and worst trash talker in the league by his peers, according to the annual NHL Players’ Association poll. The Little Ball of Hate doesn’t discriminate — he irritates everyone.
It’s a shame because Brad does have true offensive talent even if Chris Kelly joked that his career would go to shit when Bergy retires. But his mouth and his ability to get under opposing player’s skin is a true gift; it even made Justin Williams retire for half a year after the Bruins swept the Canes in the 2019 ECF.
Today, she’s going to build the perfect defenseman, tomorrow the perfect goalie. It’ll be neat to see if some of our guys are used.