Yesterday, Alex took a look at Nikita Gusev and what he would need to do to further establish himself as a NHL star. Today, I will be looking at a promising Devils youngster currently spending his lockout in the Slovakian League - Marian Studenic.
Studenic was a 5th round pick of the Devils in the 2017 NHL draft. Prior the draft, he played with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the OHL.
After an additional year in the OHL, Studenic signed an entry level contract in the Spring of 2018, and proceeded to spend the following two years with the Binghampton Devils. His historic stats can be found below.
With Bratislova Slovan, Studenic has five goals and one assist. While with Bratislova, Studenic has manned the first-line right wing position.
According to DobberProspects, Studenic “has the tools of a scoring machine” but lacks consistency needed to succeeded at a high level. His previous season with the Devils saw him experience both injury problems and inconsistency, but woke up to the tune of 11 points in 16 games to help get the Baby Devils into a playoff spot before the end of the campaign.
While the numbers may not show it, Studenic did show a lot of improvement on the season. While his numbers may not indicate his skill (17 points in 37 points), his speed was still evident to all, but his shot has improved this season whilst also spending the majority of his time on the 3rd line.
As such, Studenic is showing promise as a young prospect. With continued growth and consistency, Studenic could see himself as a legitimate option for the Devils down the line.
Here is a coast-to-coast goal by Studenic, where he displays his superior speed and hands
This highlight displays Studenic’s improved shot
Prediction for Next Year
I don’t envision Studenic breaking camp with the Devils. He’s still far away from ready to contribute for the NHL team and will need to show growth in his play. However, Studenic has the skills and potential to contribute heavily with the AHL team in the coming season, which I envision culminating with his NHL debut sometime next season.
All in all, the purpose of this piece was to offer Devils’ fans a quick glimpse of Studenic and his potential for the team. Hopefully, he makes an impact sooner rather than later.
What do you think about Studenic? Do you think he has the potential to be a top six forward for the Devils? How will he fit in with the Devils down the line? Let me know in the comments below, and take care!