By Benjamin Aliber
On Thursday night, it was announced that Jack Studnciak had been traded to the Vancouver Canucks for goaltender Michael DiPietro and the rights to defenseman Jonathan Myrenber.
Studnicka was drafted by the Bruins 53rd overall in the 2017 Entry-level draft. As a centerman, he was projected to fill in on one of the top six lines. Unfortunately though, due to the quality of Boston’s depth at the current position revolving around Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Charlie Coyle, Pavel Zacha, and a few others, he was never able to crack the top of the lineup.
His tenure in Boston was nothing short of disappointing. In 37 NHL games, Studnicka recorded one goal, and six assists for seven points – not something you want to see from a player given that many opportunities. This new opportunity with a struggling Canucks team should give him the opportunity to flourish, as his style of play is best when put on the second or first forward line that revolves more around offense rather than backchecking.
In a press conference with Boston’s General Manager, Don Sweeney, he said, “Really, it was an opportunity for Jack to have a reset and go to a team that is looking for a younger center that could probably grow with their group.” Sweeney would go on to mention it was time to move on and the Bruins wished him all the best.
In return, the first player we will look at is DiPietro, a 23 year-old goalie who last season in the AHL went 15-13-4 with a 2.95 GAA and .901 save percentage.When asked why the Bruins opted for a goalie, the reasoning was that they could never have too much depth at any position.
Myrenber however, is a 6’3 defenseman who adds needed depth to the Bruins organization on the blue line. He is still young and according to Boston’s head European Scout, P.J. Axelson, a very worthwhile player to take a chance on considering his development and success at the SHL level.