Boston Bruins prospect Jack Studnicka is among the group of 40 players invited to join Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming World Junior Summer Showcase in British Columbia from July 28-Aug. 4.
The camp will be the start of a bid that could see the 19-year-old center earn a spot on Team Canada’s roster for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships, which will be held in Vancouver from Dec. 26, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019.
A second-round pick of the Bruins in 2017, Studnicka spent the 2017-18 season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, where he tallied 22 goals and 72 points in 66 games. With the Generals eliminated from the playoffs early, the 6-foot-1 center finished his year with the Providence Bruins and recorded a goal and five points in five AHL appearances.
“He had a real good showing in Buffalo last year in September [during the rookie tournament]. He continued to grow from there. He had a little bit of a lull around November, think he went 11 games without scoring. But got it right back on,” Bruins director of player development Jamie Langenbrunner said of Studnicka during last month’s development camp in Brighton. “Leader, led the team, played with I don’t know how many different guys in that lineup, guys up and down the lineup, kept on plugging. Came into Providence and put up a point a game there. If he wouldn’t have gotten banged up there, he would have played more games down there. His year was strong, real strong. He looks to be even a little bit stronger physically from the end of the year in Providence until now. He’s putting in the work and he wants to be a player.”
The work Studnicka puts in is obvious to those that watch him, even in drills, according to Langenbrunner.
“[Studnicka] wants to be in charge, he wants to be an example,” Langenbrunner noted. “I think his place on the ice shows that. He’s not the most vocal guy in the world. His attitude and the way he plays, he’s a leading scorer, he’s a playmaker, but I saw him on two occasions go and get in a fight protecting a teammate. He has it in him. It’s just a natural thing for him. It’s the reason he was named a captain as a young 18-year-old in that league. He leads by example every day.”
But Studnicka’s bid to make Team Canada could take a hit if he accomplishes his goal of making the Big B’s out of camp.
“I want to make the big club [this fall],” Studnicka said last month. “Looking at the roster, there are spots there that are up for grabs. I’m going to put my head down and go to work.”
That’s a tradeoff that Studnicka would happily take, if we’re being honest.