With the Bruin’s early exit from the postseason, the focus now shifts to an offseason full of question marks. The Bruins will need upgrades offensively and defensively, as Torey Krug, Zdeno Chara, and Jake DeBrusk all need new deals. One player, however, expected to see an increased role is Jack Studnicka. The talented forward made his NHL debut during the regular season and saw some brief playoff action.
As the Bruins look for ways to boost the offense, Studnicka will be a crucial piece. In two regular-season games, the top prospect was able to record one assist. While the Bruins center only attempted four shots, he sparked the Bruins forward group, which continued into the playoffs.
During the postseason, Studnicka appeared in five games and had an average ice time of 11:37. The 21-year-old attempted 24 shots, ten of which landed on the net. While Studnicka left Toronto with a blank stat sheet, he looked at home on the games biggest stage while many of the other Bruins forwards struggled.
Throughout the Bruins playoff run, Studnicka spent off his time on the second and third lines. The Canadian native looked at home with the Bruins top forwards and was consistently creating scoring opportunities. Veterans such as Charlie Coyle were impressed with the rookie’s play, saying that it pushed the other Bruins forwards to be their best.
When the 2020-2021 season does begin, Studnicka will be looking for a permanent spot on the Bruins roster. He will also join fellow rookies Trent Frederic and Zach Senyshyn. With the Bruins 2011 core on their last legs, they will need one of their prospects to step up. Studnicka of the three has the most talent to seize a top-six role.
In Providence, this season, Studnicka proved that he could handle that responsibility. In 60 games in the AHL, the twenty-one-year-old had 23 goals and 26 assists. The Bruins center was also dangerous on the penalty kill as he had seven shorthanded goals.
As Studnicka looks towards 2020- 2021, his focus will be to add some size. He has already proven that he can play at the NHL level and only improve with more experience. After a brief cameo this past season, Studnicka will be looking to be secure a permanent spot in the Bruins lineup in the coming months.