By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
Oshawa Generals captain Jack Studnicka has put his signature on his first professional contract.
The 18-year-old native of Tecumseh, Ont. inked a three-year entry-level deal with the Boston Bruins recently.
The Bruins selected Studnicka 53rd overall in the second round of the 2017 NHL draft.
Speaking after the Generals home opener against the London Knights on Oct. 1, Studnicka acknowledged getting the deal finalized is a weight lifted off his shoulders.
“Getting that done with early is pretty special and now I can focus on winning in Oshawa as a main priority,” he states.
In his first two seasons with the Generals, Studnicka has racked up 22 goals and 56 assists in 126 games and posted 17 points in 11 games during the 2017 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) playoffs.
The 6’1 centre is currently tied for the scoring lead in the OHL with nine points (two goals and seven assists) through five games.
Prior to signing his contract, Studnicka participated in one NHL pre-season game against the Montreal Canadiens after attending the Bruins’ prospect development and rookie camps earlier in the summer, experiences which Studnicka says “meant a lot.”
“Looking at professionals, for example [Todd] Marchand, [Patrice] Bergeron and [Zdeno] Chara, they way they act on and off the ice and take of their body, I was kind of there being a sponge, looking at them and learning, trying to take as much back to Oshawa to be successful this year,” Studnicka says.