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By: Mark Allred | Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277
Hockey Canada announced today that they’ve released a list of 40 players that were invited to this summers Sport Chek World Junior Showcase. Amongst the list of young developing players that were invited is Boston Bruins forward prospect Jack Studnicka who was born in Tecumseh, Ontario and currently a member of the Ontario hockey Leagues Oshawa Generals. The eight-day event from the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia will feature teams from Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States will play an eleven game mini-tournament from July 28th to August 4th, 2018.
Hockey Canada Head Scout Brad McEwen had this to say below about the upcoming camp and whats expected from this year’s event in Kamloops in an article on hockeycanada.ca
“The Sport Chek World Junior Showcase gives us an excellent opportunity to begin the evaluation process and for the staff to familiarize themselves with the players before the new season kicks off,” said McEwen. “We also get to see the players in competition against the teams who will be returning to Vancouver and Victoria this December. It’s a unique opportunity, and we’re looking forward to making the most of it as we kick off our journey to the 2019 World Juniors later this month.”
— #WorldJuniors (@HC_WJC) July 4, 2018
The 6′-1″ 179-pound forward has spent his Canadian Junior career with his Generals team and contributed 150 points in 192 games. His best season offensively came in the 2017-18 campaign where he posted 22-50-72 numbers in 66 games and was named team captain before the regular season started. The 19-year-old was selected by the Bruins in the second-round of the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft from Chicago, Illinois with the 53rd selection and is very close to making his NHL debut. If the talented center who was ranked 120th in last year’s NHL Central Scouting final rankings doesn’t make the NHL Bruins roster for the upcoming season, he’ll head back for further development with his OHL team.
When I attended last weeks annual Bruins development camp from the Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton. Massachusetts, Studnicka didn’t disappoint the Bruins brass, fans in attendance, and Boston Sports Media from above. In an article by Boston Herald Bruins beat writer Steve Conroy last week ( CLICK HERE ) during last weeks camp, Studnicka had these things to say about his future in the Bruins organization.
“It’s always been my dream to play in the NHL and looking at the roster, there are spots there that are up for grabs,” Studnicka said yesterday after the hour-long practice. “I’m going to put my head down, go to work and hope for the best.”
“My second year, my NHL draft year, there were a lot of nerves. It was a big year for me,” said Studnicka. “But I think I showcased myself, and I think I gave teams a glimpse of what the future is to hold. Boston obviously saw that. Last year, my third year, I think I took a huge step. I thought I controlled the play a lot. I thought I controlled the locker room. I worked as hard as I could, and I think I was more dominant in my third year.”
“Going in there and putting up a point per game definitely helps. It’s in the back of my head,” said Studnicka. “But the important thing is to stay level-headed in a situation like that. I’m still a 19-year-old kid who’s got a lot to learn and a lot of room to grow in his game.”
“Going back to the OHL and developing more there, I’d like to be a dominant player,” he said. “If that happens, I hope to win a championship there. But my main goal is sticking with the big club.”
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 27, 2018
This summer showcase will be a tremendous experience for the future NHL’er as he tries to solidify a roster spot on the Canadian 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship team. The annual IIHF under-20 tournament will kick off in late December of 2018 and filter into January of 2019 and be hosted by two beautiful British Columbia cities such as Vancouver and Victoria. The events will be held at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
The Bruins center last dawned the Red and White colors of his country in the 2016-17 season for his under-18 team posting three goals in three games. Studnicka wasn’t invited to the 2017 38-player Canadian camp in Plymouth, Michigan but is sure to get noticed and be heavily considered for the honor of representing his Canadian country against the worlds best players at his age level.