Weight: 172 pounds
Date of birth: February 18, 1999
Hometown: Tecumseh, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 1, 21st overall, 2015 Priority Selection
During the 2014-2015 season, Oshawa Generals’ center Jack Studnicka played his midget hockey for Detroit Belle Tire Under-16. In 71 games, he scored 31 goals and added 58 assists. He also played in the OHL Cup with the Thunder Minor Midgets scoring a goal and 3 assists in 4 games, and the OHL Gold Cup with Team Alliance (winning silver) where he 4 goals and 3 assists in 5 games. The Generals would select Studnicka in the first round of the 2015 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection.
At the time of the draft, Generals’ General Manager Roger Hunt had this to say about Studnicka:
“We are thrilled to have Jack committed to the Oshawa Generals, and we look forward to him being an instrumental part to the next chapter for the Oshawa Generals. You can never have too many good center men, and Jack will follow in the footsteps of Jenner, Laughton, and Cassels of first round Oshawa Generals centreman.”
Last season, Studnicka left an early impression of things to come with the Generals. In 62 games, he scored 4 goals and 22 assists in 62 games. His 26 points were good for 22nd among rookies with many of those ahead of him drafted in the 2016 National Hockey League Draft.
In August, Studnicka represented Canada in the precursor to the season and the opening look at draft eligible players for the NHL Draft, the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He appeared in 4 games for Canada but did not register a point.
One season later, Studnicka sits third among Generals in points on 17 goals and 30 assists in 58 games. He’s registered 5 powerplay goals and 9 powerplay assists. But he has shown he can provide offense on the penalty kill as well with 2 goals and an assist while being down a man.
I don’t believe Studnicka is an offense first player, which I see tagged to him plenty. He puts as much attention to detail on the defensive side as he does on the offense. He plays in all situations and takes key faceoffs for the Generals. He’s quietly become the Generals’ top face off man at 53%. It’s his extremely high compete level that makes him pay attention at both ends.
Studnicka has good size – although adding bulk will be key for him. He is an excellent skater who has an explosive first step and decent top end speed who can change direction with ease. He possesses very good vision with high quality playmaking skills with an ability to set up his teammates. His shot is underrated in my opinion. His release is deceptive and accurate and he puts every shot on goal with a purpose.
Studnicka can be elusive in the offensive zone. He can break away from coverage almost undetected and put himself into scoring positions. He has very good puck skills and strong possession skills. Although he needs to add some muscle, he will not shy away from the hard areas. Once he gets stronger, it will become an area where he wins more often than he loses because of it – and his work ethic.
Studnicka was ranked 80th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January among North American skaters.
This is the profile page of Jack Studnicka at Elite Prospects