The Devils Draft Prospect Series continues today but be sure to check out the previous posts on Jesper Boqvist, Fabian Zetterlund, Reilly Walsh, Nikita A. Popugayev, and Gilles Senn. They’ll all be tagged with “Draft Prospect Series” so be sure to look through it before development camp!
Marián Studenič was selected 143rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Entry-Level Draft. Born October 28, the 18-year old winger from Slovakia is 6′ 0″ and just 165 pounds. He was ranked #101 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting (he plays in the North American system).
Here are some his stats:
Studenič was drafted 11th overall by the Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) in last year’s CHL Import Draft. In his one year with the Bulldogs, he accumulated 34 points in 66 total games and I would expect him to play there at least this upcoming season as well. He scored his first goal in his NHL debut on September 23, 2016 against the Mississauga Steelheads.
He had no points in five World Juniors Championship games, representing Slovakia at the international level as he has for many years. He had a point in two games the year before. He’s played a total of 19 international games.
Studenič is going to be a playmaker. He does everything on the ice so incredibly well. He could stand to build some more muscle and use his size to his advantage but that’s not a major issue for him. He doesn’t play an impressive defensive game but he isn’t too bad either. He can definitely put up the points, score goals and create them wherever he skates.
Check him out in action:
(The announcer in this next one mentions current Devils center Pavel Zacha very briefly!)
I like him too (I know I’m saying this about all of them) but I like this pick for the Devils. They definitely need more depth at wing down the road, especially right wing, and Studenič will fit that need whenever the Devils need him.