According to the Bruins, the 23-year-old Studnicka’s new contract will come with an affordable $762,500 cap at the NHL level, and will be a two-way deal for the 2022-23 season and a one-way deal for the 2023-24 season.
The deal comes after a 2021-22 campaign that included three assists in 15 NHL appearances, along with 10 goals and 35 points in 41 games for AHL Providence. That’s been the thing with Studnicka, really, as the Bruins are still waiting for his AHL success to translate to consistent success at the NHL level.
“Studnicka is a young pro,” P-Bruins coach Ryan Mougenel said last week. “If you look around the league, like, it’s a tough league. For me, Studs, there was a time during the season where he came down [from Boston] and he was our best player and our go-to guy, which we expect from him. His game is maturing, it’s rounding out.
“He’s gotta watch the puck go in the net, he’s gotta get touches, he’s gotta play with confidence. He’s done everything we’ve ever asked him to do. We asked him to get bigger, we asked him to get stronger, he’s done those. Now it’s his time. It’s his time to make those things go to work. He’s another kid — like a Trent Frederic — everybody roots for. He’s just a special kid and I think he’s got a great future.”
Up next for the 2017 second-round pick is a gigantic training camp, as he’ll need to make the team out of camp or hit the waiver wire, as he has too much pro experience to get shuttled down to Providence without waivers.
The potential of Studnicka finding a spot on this roster could come down to the overall health of the Bruins — the Bruins already know they’ll begin the season down three regulars — and whatever decision David Krejci ends up making in regards to a potential return to the NHL.
Studnicka has tallied one goal and seven points in 37 total NHL games since 2019.
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