It’s that time of year, folks. Bruins prospects are beginning their respective seasons and we are here to fill you in on how they’re doing.
Since different leagues start at different times this is really more like “prospect of the past three weeks.” The CHL is three weeks into their season, the NCAA is two weeks in, and the AHL is one week into their season. You also have the European leagues getting underway as well.
However, over this past three week stretch one player has stuck out over the rest. That player is Oshawa Generals’ center Jack Studnicka.
Studnicka actually showed well in Bruins camp back in September. He scored a goal in the Prospects Challenge up in Buffalo and didn’t look out of place in his lone preseason game. As Providence Coach, Jay Leach said to Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe:
“Very impressive. He made some high-end plays. He’s in the right slots. He does a lot of nice things. He’s a baby-faced kid. I didn’t really know him. But, man, he makes some nice plays.”
“So he is a smart, heady player who can make those plays, and it might be a quicker learning curve for him.”
Studnicka was the Bruins 2nd round pick in this past summer’s 2017 draft, going 53rd overall. So far this season he has played in 6 OHL games and has already put up 9 points (2 goals and 7 assists). Studnicka scored 18 goals and 34 assists last season.
Studnicka has been named Captain of the Oshawa Generals this season. Since he was born in 1999 (the year David Wayne and I graduated from high school) he will have one more year of CHL eligibility after this season.
Studnicka impressed the Bruins enough to sign him to an entry level contract on September 26th. I do not feel that the Bruins have a bonafide number one center prospect in their system, but with Trent Frederic, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, and now Studnicka, there is some solid depth down the middle.
Studnicka 2016-2017 Highlights:
Providence Starts Season with a Win against Springfield
The Providence Bruins are one game into their season. They got a real nice 5-2 win over Springfield. All of the studs down in Providence had an impact. Peter Cehlarik and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson finished with a goal and an assist each. Zach Senyshyn scored his first professional goal. Ryan Fitzgerald continued where he left off in Bruins camp by scoring a goal as well. Danton Heinen finished the game with one assist. Zane McIntyre stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win. The future continues to develop nicely.
Just a side note about new Providence Bruins coach, Jay Leach. His ex-wife is Kathryn Tappen of NBC Sports (and formerly covered the Bruins). The couple divorced in 2015 according to Wikipedia.
NCAA Prospect Notes
- The University of Wisconsin has officially played 3 games so far this season and Bruins Prospect Trent Frederic is putting up a point a game production. Frederic had 2 assists the first weekend against Michigan Tech and scored a goal in the first game of the weekend series against Ohio State.
- Trent Frederic’s teammate and fellow Bruins prospect Cameron Hughes scored a goal and an assist in a win against Ohio State in the second game of the weekend series.
- The University of Maine freshman goalie, Jeremy Swayman, got his first start of the season Saturday against UConn. Swayman took the loss and gave up 4 goals. Swayman gave up a short handed goal, which I am told by someone who watched the game that it was a bad angle goal. The puck was shot from around the goal line. This same person also told me that outside of that one goal he looked good and made 26 saves. He also looked good in the exhibition game against Acadia. This same person told me that he should start seeing more time if he continues to play well.
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