Portland drafted Pasternak 85th overall in the fourth round of the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The 15-year-old, 2003-born forward is currently in the middle of a very successful rookie season in the U-16 North American Prospects Hockey League with the Sioux Falls Power.
In 12 games with Sioux Falls in 2018-19, the 5-foot-7, 140-pound Winnipeg product has eight goals, 15 points and 22 penalty minutes. Pasternak’s 15 points pace the Power, as do his two game-winning goals and four power play assists.
Pasternak made a name for himself playing as a defenceman in Bantam and Bantam II hockey with the Winnipeg Hawks in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons respectively. In 60 regular season AAA games, he put up 31 goals, 81 points and 76 penalty minutes, to go along with three goals and 13 points in 14 playoff games.
Portland – led by fellow Winnipegger Cody Glass – is placed comfortably in second place in the U.S. Division of the WHL’s Western Conference. Despite missing significant time (13 games) due to the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship, Glass still sits second in team scoring with 12 goals and 58 points in just 30 games.
Sioux Falls is currently sitting two points back of first place Alaska in the NAPHL, with two games in hand on the Oilers. The Power are currently on a four-game winning streak, and hold a +30 goal differential on the season, outscoring their opponents 53-23.