LEOMINSTER — He’s played a whopping nine games of professional hockey in his young career, but Jack Studnicka rarely resembles a reserved, fresh-faced rookie when he’s asked to size himself up against NHL competition.
“I think that should be everybody’s goal,” Studnicka said during Bruins development camp of potentially cracking the NHL roster this year. “You come into camp, you want to win a job. That was the goal my first year, that was my goal last year, that’s my goal this year.”
The 2018-19 Bruins featured 12 players aged 25 or under that logged at least 20 games played, but even with youngsters like David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Jake DeBrusk and more already thriving — another wave of young talent seems ready to break over the organization just in time for training camp, with Studnicka leading the way up front.
There’s a lot to like about Studnicka’s game. Still just 20 years old, the 2017 second-round pick was a dynamic offensive presence at the pivot for both Oshawa and Niagara in the OHL last season, tallying 36 goals and 83 total points over 60 games played. He’ll need to bulk up a bit (172 pounds), but at 6-foot-2, the Windsor, Ontario native projects as a sturdy pivot with top-six potential in due time.
Speaking with BostonSportsJournal.com last week during a Bruins FanFest event in Leominster, Studnicka once again reiterated his desire to fight for one of the many vacancies currently available up front on the Bruins’ roster.
But amid all of the hype that comes with his standing as Boston’s most dynamic forward prospect, Studnicka was candid when it came his outlook on what should be a cutthroat training camp.