ST. LOUIS -- While it was good news that both Tuukka Rask and Brad Marchand were named NHL All-Stars for the first time, the Bruins also had a bit of an All-Star snub: David Pastrnak.
The 20-year-old Czech right winger is tied for sixth in the NHL with his 19 goals in just 36 games during a breakout year, and certainly merited heavy consideration.
But the simple truth is that there isn’t always enough room on an All-Star game roster when every team must be represented, and that the Bruins probably don’t deserve more than two All-Star representatives given their rather average first half-season. So Pastrnak is out for now, though perhaps he still could be invited to the NHL midseason classic in Los Angeles if players begin to drop with injuries between now and the end of the month.
Either way, Pastrnak wasn’t upset with the development and didn’t have much expectation of making the All-Star squad.
“No . . . no. I’m happy for the guys," he said when asked if he was upset. "It would be a great experience and it would obviously be nice to go to the All-Stars. But I’m young. [Marchand] has worked a long way to get there and I’m really happy for him. Obviously . . . when I’d scored a couple of goals I was thinking about [the All-Star game], but it’s nothing like it’s going to push me down, you know?
“I just keep playing the same [game]. It came into my mind, but it’s not like I’m disappointed or something.”
Pastrnak has now gone 10 games without a goal after his red-hot goal-scoring start, so, disappointment or not, it’s something he could use as motivation to get into the scorer’s circle.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Tuesday’s morning skate at the Scottrade Center:
K. Miller- C. Miller