Boston Bruins: Jack Studnicka determined to prove his value

Boston Bruins, Jack Studnicka (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins, Jack Studnicka (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Expectations were high for Jack Studnicka entering last season. The former second-round pick was one of the Boston Bruins‘ top prospects and a crucial part of the future. The Ontario native, however, struggled to make an impact and had three points in 20 games. With the 2021-2022 campaign only weeks away, Studnicka is determined to prove he belongs in the NHL.

Through his first 22 NHL games, Studnicka has recorded four points. He has not recorded a point on the power play in that span and landed 31 shots on net. In the 22-year-olds  first extended look last season, he was unable to translate his success in the AHL in the NHL.

While the regular season is quickly approaching, Studnicka has arrived at camp determined to prove himself. The Ontario native has bulked up in the offseason and added some speed. In Captain’s practices so far, he has stood out and appeared more prepared to handle the rigors of a full NHL entire season. His worth ethic has also caught the eye of Bruce Cassidy.

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With Charlie Coyle limited to begin camp, Cassidy told the media, in an article written by Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now:

"” We’re going to try different players in that [second-line center] spot, Jack Studnicka being one. We’ve got to find out where he’s at.”"

As the Bruins try to replace David Krejci, Studnicka has put himself in a spot to succeed. Although the 2017 draftee has thrived in the AHL, size has always been an issue. He has shown a willingness to sacrifice his body which will only improve due to his offseason work.

In practice, he has already noticed a difference in his ability to absorb contact and keep his balance when going through traffic. With the Bruins looking for more from their youth, Studnicka seems poised for a breakout year.

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Regardless of where Studnicka starts the season, he will be a player to keep an eye on. For the first time in over ten years, the Bruins will have a new center on the second line when the puck drops on opening night. The secondary scoring will also look different after Don Sweeney was busy in free agency. With the wait for the regular season nearly over, it could be an exciting season for one of the Bruins’ most promising rookies.