BostonBruins.com - Bruins forward prospect Jack Studnicka is getting used to hearing his name called this summer.
After being selected by Boston with the 53rd overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft this past June, Studnicka was on the receiving end of another call Thursday - this time from Oshawa Generals management naming him captain for the 2017-18 season.
"The management and coaches called me into the office and let me know that I was going to be the leader this year," Studnicka told BostonBruins.com in a phone call Thursday afternoon. "I was excited about the opportunity and we both agreed that I was ready for it."
Studnicka enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign with Oshawa in 2016-17, tallying 18 goals and 34 assists for 52 points in 64 games. The 6-foot-1, 174-pounder led the Generals with five goals and 12 assists in 11 postseason games. He also scored three goals in three games for Team Canada at the Under-18 World Junior Championships. But despite his impressive playoff numbers, Studnicka still thinks he has room to grow offensively.
"Just building on my numbers last year," Studnicka said when asked of his goals for the 2017-18 campaign. "I think the last two years I've done a good job rounding out my game and becoming a 200-foot player, and next year I'm looking to consistently be an offensive threat."
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Studnicka will have an opportunity to show off his 200-foot game in a Bruins uniform next weekend at the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, NY. This is the third consecutive year the Bruins will participate in the event, which features games against the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins' rookies.
While Studnicka is looking forward to competing against top prospects from around the league, he's also hoping to take some lessons from the talent inside the Bruins' locker room, which includes players with Stanley Cup Playoff experience, like forward Sean Kuraly and defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
"Being able to play and compete with such high skilled players," Studnicka said in response to what he's most looking forward to next weekend. "Looking at the professionals who have played in the AHL and even the NHL, seeing how they act off the ice and how they take care of their bodies and prepare for games. I'm just looking to take back as much information as I can to Oshawa."