Over the last few years, Jack Studnicka has become a familiar name to Boston Bruins fans. The former second-round pick had high expectations but has struggled at the NHL level. However, with critical pieces out of the lineup, he was recalled earlier this week. As the Bruins look for a spark offensively, Studnicka will have a chance to showcase his talent.
Before his promotion, Studnicka had goals in each of his last five games for Providence. In 27 games, the 22-year-old had 19 points which is 12 more than he had last year. Due to his recent hot streak, he got another shot at the NHL and has centered the Bruins’ third line this week.
In his return to the lineup, has Studnicka landed four shots on net in two games. In that span, he has been solid in the faceoff circle and posted a 56 percent winning percentage on Saturday afternoon against Ottawa. His two-way skills were also on Wednesday night. With the Bruins trailing Carolina 1-0, he swiped a puck out of the crease that seemed destined to increase the Hurricanes lead.
What Studnicka has shown this season with the Boston Bruins
While the former 53rd overall pick has shown some positive signs, he only has one assist in seven NHL games this season. Of the 17 shots he’s attempted, only nine have landed on net. As Studnicka looks to carve out a role with the Bruins, he will need to be more aggressive shooting the puck. However, he has been more physical in his latest stint.
Through 88 total minutes of ice time this season, Studnicka has landed a career-high 11 hits. In 20 games at the NHL level last year, he recorded seven while blocking 11 shots. The Bruins aren’t expecting him to be an enforcer, but it is an area of his game he needed to improve on. That will be key to his success in the NHL, as most of his playing time so far has come on the third line.
As the Bruins look to generate offense, Studnicka will be a player to watch. With the trade deadline quickly looming, Boston will be looking to improve offensively. Those upgrades could come internally from a player like Studnicka, or he could be used in a trade package.
Regardless of what path the Bruins choose, their former top prospect has an unexpected chance to show what he can do. With points at a premium, the Bruins depth is being tested, and for Studnicka, it is a golden opportunity to prove his value.