The Boston Bruins, already struggling to generate offense, will be without their best offensive player for at least the next couple of weeks.
David Pastrnak will undergo surgery on his thumb, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced Tuesday. Pastrnak will miss at least two weeks.
Pastrnak apparently suffered the injury after a sponsorship dinner Sunday night.
The 22-year-old is having the best season of his career, scoring 31 goals and adding 35 assists in 56 games formulating one of the best lines in hockey alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Only four teams have scored fewer even-strength goals than the Bruins (95), and Pastrnak has scored 16 of those goals. He’s also a big reason the Boston power has been so effective. The Bruins are the NHL’s third-best team on the man-advantage, and Pastrnak ranks second in power-play points this season.
It will be interesting to see how the Pastrnak injury affects the Bruins’ trade deadline plans. Sweeney indicated the B’s would be in the market for help up front. If Pastrnak is able to actually return within two or three weeks, then it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. If the B’s get an indication he’ll be out longer, maybe that changes.
The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 25.