Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed forward Marian Studenic to a three-year, entry-level contract. The contract will begin with the 2018-19 season. Studenic was New Jersey's seventh selection (fifth round), 143rd overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Studenic, 19, is in his second season of North American hockey with Hamilton (OHL). On Friday, the Bulldogs won the first round of their OHL playoff series versus the Ottawa 67s, four-games-to-one. Studenic registered two assists in that series. During the 2017-18 regular season, he scored 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points and a +24 rating in 62 games. His goal, assist and point (tie) totals were fourth on the squad, while his +/- ranked second. The left-shooting forward played in all situations, scoring 12 power play points (4g-8a) and tying for second on the team with two short-handed tallies. In 2016-17, Studenic had 18 goals and 12 assists for 30 points and 23 penalty minutes. He added two goals and two assists in seven OHL playoff games.
The 6-0, 165lb. native of Holic, Slovakia has represented his home country at many international youth tournaments, including the past two World Junior Championships. He played his youth hockey with the HK Dukla Trencin and HK 36 Skalica programs. Studenic also participated in the 2017 Devils Development Camp this past summer.