Bruins Notebook: Checking in on top B’s prospects, first-round matchup set with Leafs & more

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The end of March and the start of April is a fascinating time of the year when it comes to the development of the next wave of NHL talent.

With both collegiate and junior seasons coming to a close, these weeks often stand as the first looks that an organization has of its top prospects up in the pro ranks — with the signing of entry-level deals allowing players to get their feet wet in either the AHL or NHL.

Such was the case in 2017 when Charlie McAvoy closed out his tenure with BU in March and logged four games with the P-Bruins before landing a spot up with Boston for good. Such won’t be the case this season, due to the fact that Boston doesn’t have a college-level prospect quite ready to make such a leap and, well, because quite a few of the Bruins’ blue-chip prospects are still in the middle of their respective junior campaigns.

With the CHL postseason in full swing — along with other respective playoffs in across North America and Europe — let’s check in on a few of Boston’s top prospects.

Jack Studnicka
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 179 lbs
Age: 20
Current organization: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
2018-19 stats: 60 games, 36 goals, 83 points with Oshawa/Niagara
2019 postseason stats: 5 games, 4 goals, 8 points