“Jack who? Becker?” That is what most Bruins fans might be saying as they read this.
“Don’t you mean Jack Studnicka?”
To say Jack Becker has flown under the radar is an understatement. The University of Michigan freshman has taken his time to make his mark. The Bruins 2015 7th round draft pick (195th overall), who was selected out of Minnesota’s Mahtomedi High School and Sioux Falls of the USHL, looks like he is starting to get comfortable at the NCAA level.
While I was doing my research, watching film, and taking in games for prospect of the week I took a flyer and checked in on Jack Becker. Jack has put up a modest 7 goals and 3 assists for 10 points in 23 games played for the Wolverines this year. What is most surprising is 8 of his 10 points have come in the last 8 games (6 goals and 2 assists).
Becker was recently named Big 10 third star of the week when he had a 4 point weekend (2 goals and 2 assists) against Wisconsin.
Becker is an interesting prospect. He has great natural size at 6’3″ 205lbs. And the right-shot winger has been playing on the right wing for the Wolverines. With his fellow 2015 draftees Jake Debrusk and Brandon Carlo already playing in the NHL, plus others knocking on the door, Becker is a freshman learning the NCAA game.
Sixth and seventh round picks obviously don’t pan out in most cases. They’re long term projects and long shots. But like Oskar Steen (B’s 2016, 6th round, 165 overall) sometimes these late draft pick start to become interesting. You begin to see that long shot sniff whatever potential you saw in them before anyone else. And you just never know.
Becker is a perfect example of how players all develop at different speeds. This recent surge could be the the start to a great career or maybe it’s just a flash of what could have been. While he is most likely years away from turning pro, the improvement that he is showing in just his first year at Michigan gives hope that he could be a late blooming prospect that could help the Bruins down the road.
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