So the kid actually played well enough for Bruins fans to consider the idea of keeping him up at the NHL level. After just 5 games, which admittedly doesn’t prove much, Pastrnak’s corsi numbers were otherworldly. He was playing with Bergeron and Marchand after all, but he wasn’t all that hidden, and still did really well. The eye test would seem to back this up, as Pastrnak seemed to really like the idea of his team always having the puck with how much he cared about possession.
But it was still the right move for the Bruins to send down Pastrnak. After a few years, the core of the team will be getting old but not cheap, and having a guy like this on the roster for a cap hit of under a million bucks through 2018 is too appealing to pass up.