BostonBruins.com - The Boston Bruins selected Oshawa Generals forward Jack Studnicka with the 53rd overall pick on Saturday morning at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago.
"You hear it all the time, words can't really describe it. But they can't," said Studnicka. "I've been dreaming of being drafted in the NHL since I can remember. Now that Boston's made it a reality, it's pretty special.
"I'm incredibly excited to see the city of Boston. I've never been, so it's going to be a special experience. I'm excited to get on the ice there, meet the fans, meet some of the players and get to know them. Really looking forward to camp."
Studnicka said he models his game after Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak.
"What you can expect from me is someone who takes pride in the defensive zone, can be trusted in all three zones," he said. "But at the same time can contribute to offense and put up some numbers."
Here's everything you need to know about Studnicka:
Last team: Oshawa Generals Position: Forward Height: 6 feet, 0 inches Weight: 171 pounds Shoots: Right Birthday: Feb. 18, 1999 (18 years old) Hometown: Novi, Michigan Central Scouting: 120th-ranked North American skater Twitter: @JStudnicka23 Instagram: @jstudnicka23
Miscellaneous: Studnicka registered 18 points and 34 goals in 64 games with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2016-17 season. The Ontario-born forward also played 62 games for Oshawa during the 2015-16 season, amassing four goals and 22 assists.
The 18-year-old forward represented Canada at the 2017 U-18 World Junior Championship, potting three goals in three games. He also represented Canada's U-18 team at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, appearing in four games. At the 2015-16 U-17 World Hockey Challenge, Studnicka skated in six games for Canada Red, tallying a goal and four assists.
Torey Krug's father, Kyle, coached Studnicka in the OHL.
Scouting Report: Bruins Assistant General Manager Scott Bradley: "He had a very good U-18 at Worlds and very skilled. He's been a late bloomer too. He's come on, had a good second half, he had a strong playoff, and he was over a point a game guy in the OHL playoffs. His under-18, he really impressed there.
"We think he can play both wing and center. There's room to develop. He's close to 6'2", but he's light - his frame is light. But, we look forward to developing the frame and see what we have there."