Where Does Jack Studnicka Belong in 2020-21?
Jack Studnicka was able to finally get a taste of the NHL this past season, playing in 2 regular season games, as well as 5 playoff games. Is this his year to be a mainstay on the roster?
After being drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round back in 2017, Studnicka continued playing the next two seasons in the OHL. But, he was able to get his first taste of pro hockey at the end of the 2017-18 AHL season, as his junior season was over, where he played 5 games for Providence. The then 18 year-old registered one goal and four assists. He didn’t play a game in the AHL in 2018-19 due to an OHL playoff run.
Jack Studnicka’s Pro Career
His rookie year in the AHL was this past one, and it was a great one. Studnicka amassed 23 goals and 49 points in just 60 games. Studnicka was a member of the 2019-20 AHL All-Rookie Team. He got the call up to Boston in late November and played in two games, getting one assist.
As the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs rolled around, he joined the team in the bubble as one of the black aces. He was inserted into the playoff lineup for game 3 in the opening round against the Carolina Hurricanes. He went on to play 5 games. Although he was held pointless, he looked like he belonged. A line of Bjork-Coyle-Studnicka came to be, and they looked real good together. Jack was able to showcase his two way game well, leaving Bruins fans very excited for his future.
Jack Studnicka continues to impress. This time with an excellent back check #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/JVLLvdSJ2A
— Bruins Diehards (@BruinsDiehards) August 2, 2020
Bruins scouts have been very confident that Jack would be able to be grow nicely in either a center or wing role. A third line consisting of both Coyle and Studnicka could bode well for both Studnicka’s development and the Bruins. Guess what? It showed in the playoffs. Whether Bjork will be the right fit for the third man on the line, is something we’ll find out.
With Coyle’s power forward player type, a quick and mobile playmaker like Studnicka would pair very well. The Bruins will need a goal scorer to finish off that line. Whether that’s signing a veteran looking for a fresh start, or a young guy like Bjork, Senyshyn, or other prospects looking to prove they belong at the NHL level.
Bottom line, Jack Studnicka deserves a full-time NHL slot this season.
-Bradley Whitesell (@bradiey98)
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