Boston Bruins star David Pastrnak will be one of the NHL's top players making their Winter Olympic debuts next February.
The 25-year-old right winger was named to the Czech Republic's Olympic roster on Thursday. A total of three players were selected to the team -- Pastrnak, Lightning forward Ondrej Palat and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jakub Voracek -- with the full roster to be announced in January of 2022.
Here is Pastrnak's reaction to being selected to the Czech Olympic roster:
Pastrnak is the best Czech player in the world. His 106 goals scored over the last three years are the most of any right winger during that span. He was the co-winner of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 2019-20 with 48 goals.
Pastrnak is one of several Bruins players with a good chance to compete at the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (United States), left winger Brad Marchand (Canada) and center Patrice Bergeron (Canada) also are excellent candidates for their respective teams.
The NHL has an Olympic break in its schedule from Feb. 7 through Feb. 22.