Weight: 165 pounds
Date of birth: October 28, 1998
Hometown: Holic, Slovakia
Position: Right Wing
OHL Draft: Round 1, 11th overall, CHL Import Draft
The Hamilton Bulldogs selected Marian Studenic with the eleventh overall pick at the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. One season ago, Studenic was playing in Slovakia’s top league with HK 36 Skalica. He appeared in 35 games recording 8 goals and 8 assists.
Internationally, Studenic has represented Slovakia at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17, World Junior Championship Under-18, the Ivan Hlinka Memorial, and this year, the World Junior Championship Under-20. In total, he has 19 international games under his belt and registered 1 goal and 4 assists in those contests.
At the time of the Import Draft, Hamilton General manager Steve Staios had this to say about Studenic:
His ability to score against players nearly twice his age showed us that he was on a very good development curve. We feel like with our environment and the style of play we’re looking to implement he’ll fit in just fine.”
And with the 2016-2017 Ontario Hockey League season coming to a close, Studenic has transitioned fine to North America and fit right in with the Bulldogs. He’s scored 18 goals to go along with 12 assists in 57 games. He’s provided some offense on the powerplay – 3 goals, 2 assists – and is third on the Bulldogs with 3 game winning goals. He’s firing at 14.5% shooting percentage, but with just 124 shots on goal, it is an indication he should put more pucks on goal, and more production should follow.
At 6’0”, Studenic is not exactly small, but adding some serious bulk to his 165-pound frame is a must for him to have any type of success at the next level. If he can do that without affecting his skating – which is plenty good for the NHL, it will only help improve the assets he already possesses.
One area that Studenic could improve on is to utilize his teammates more. His skating is smooth and he has near elite speed and is extremely effective at protecting the puck. But to often he looks to create offense for himself when there are better options out there. Of course, that may lead you to believe he lacks vision or hockey IQ, but that is just not the case. He has all the abilities to be a playmaker from the wing.
Finding consistency from game to game is another area Studenic needs to work on. After starting the season on fire with 3 goals and 5 assists in his first 7 games, he’s gone 4 or more games without registering a point on 5 occasions on the season. But he has such a strong work ethic that if he can use his teammates more often, it shouldn’t be an issue going forward.
Studenic will never wow you with defensive abilities, nor will he ever receive Selke considerations in the NHL, but he’s no slouch either. He can anticipate well in his own zone, he can break up plays, and he can skate the puck up ice effectively. But most importantly, he will not shy away from his defensive responsibilities and puts in the effort to protect his zone.
Play-by-play voice of the Bulldogs and good friend Reed Duthie (@rcduthie) had this to say about Studenic:
Marian Studenic is a highly talented winger with a tremendous motor. Since coming to the Hamilton Bulldogs from HK 36 Skalica in Slovakia, Studenic has made a solid transition from playing on international ice to the smaller North American rinks. Studenic had to learn to operate in much tighter traffic with less time but has made his skill translate with eye-popping skill moves and elite speed. Hockey IQ & Defensive game need refining and more practice but Marian Studenic has shown the willingness to work at his craft which bode well for his future in the game.
Studenic was ranked 86 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.