There is little doubt that David Pastrnak is a dynamic talent on the ice, but sometimes it is easy to forget that he is still just 21 and will need more teachable moments before he is a finished product. We had one of those moments during Monday night’s 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
With the Bruins up 4-1 to start the third period, Pastrnak became irresponsible with the puck, including on pass which led directly to a Mikael Granlund goal and it led him to being limited to just five shifts during the final 20 minutes.
After the game head coach Bruce Cassidy told the media that he would address his issues with Pastrnak face-to-face.
“We went over a few things, good and bad, offensively and challenging their D and getting shots through, with certain plays he was very good,” Cassidy said on Tuesday, per Matt Kalman. “Just asked him to be a little more diligent with the puck, harder on the puck in our end, and make better decisions, grow as a player.”
Pastrnak also commented on his current relationship with his head coach.
“No, I think it’s between me and him. We’re just trying to get me better and I’m trying to get better,” said Pastrnak, when asked if he was willing to disclose the details of his chat with Cassidy. “It’s normal stuff in hockey, you have a meeting with the coaches and players. I said, it’s nice, we’re just trying to get me better and it’s on me to do the same.”
Hopefully there will not be many more of these one-one-chats going forward!