The Boston Bruins have inked another prospect to a three-year entry-level contract, signing Jack Studnicka today. The 18-year old was selected just a few months ago in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft, and is already back with the Oshawa Generals this season where he serves as captain.
Studnicka is a prototypical top-six forward, who has dazzled at times but works hard to contribute at both ends of the rink. His 52 points in 64 games last year was a nice total for his age-17 season, but he should easily improve on them with added responsibility. Already in the first two games of the season, Studnicka has five points and is showing off an impressive skill set.
Selected 53rd-overall, some of the criticism launched towards Studnicka was his thin frame and whether it would hold up at the professional ranks. He measures in at almost 6’2″ these days according to his coaching staff, but remains listed at 171-lbs. That frame will have to get heavier, but with an impressive wingspan and a lightning-fast release, he’s already on his way to being a deadly goal-scoring talent.
Studnicka will likely have to wait another year to play in the U20 World Juniors for team Canada, but he could be one of the leaders on that team in 2018. Able to play all three forward positions already, he’s a versatile option for the Generals and his future professional teams.