David Pastrnak: 2014 NHL Top Prospect

david pastrnak150David Pastrnak — 

League:  SWE    Team:  Sodertalje SK

Position:  RW     Shoots:  Right

DOB:  May 25, 1996     Birthplace:  Havirov, CZE

Height: 6’0     Weight:  165

2013-14 Games: 36   G: 8   A: 16  Pts:  24  PIM: 24   Plus/Minus: +7

U20 WJC:

2013-14 Games: 5   G: 1   A: 2  Pts:  7  PIM: 2   Plus/Minus: n/a  

David Pastrnak played this past season in Sweden for Sodertalje SK in the Allsvenskan League. (2nd Division)

Winnipeg Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect David Pastrnak.

Achievements:  

1.  Represented Czech Republic at the World U17 and World U18 (Silver).

2.  Represented Czech Republic at the 2014 U20 World Junior Hockey Championship. 

3.  Drafted in the 1st round, 34rd overall by Severstal Cherepovets in the 2013 KHL Draft.

David Pastrnak Video:  5:52    

Offensive Buzzwords

David Pastrnak has all the required high end skill.  He can skate, pass the puck, shoot and finish.  He has an explosiveness and shifty elusiveness that make him very dangerous on the attack.    

Skating

He is a good skater with very good agility blessed with high end speed and acceleration.  David Pastrnak would be considered a better than average skater.      

Defensive Buzzwords

Like a lot of younger players David Pastrnak’s defensive game isn’t his strongest suit and it will have to improve to reach the next level.

Prospect Analysis 

David Pastrnak has the skillset to be a Top 6 forward at the NHL level but will need to work on his defensive game.  At 6′ and 165 pounds he will need to bulk up a bit if he wants to adapt to the NHL style of hockey.  Playing in the Allsvenskan ( Div 2 Swedish pro league) against bigger and older players will help make his transition to pro hockey a little easier.  David Pastrnak  should be a middle to late first round selection.  I think he could be a pleasant surprise to some NHL team in 2-3 years. Definitely a player to keep an eye on. 

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