BRIGHTON, Mass – In continuing with the theme of a youth movement within the Boston Bruins ranks, 21-year-old Jack Studnicka is getting first look as the right wing replacement for the injured David Pastrnak alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
The B’s top prospect skated on the right wing with Bergeron and Marchand during line rushes on the first day of training camp at Warrior Arena, and truthfully has the kind of skill set to fill in while Pastrnak continues his rehab from hip surgery. Studnicka appeared in five playoff games for the Bruins during the Toronto bubble and could get at least a few weeks at the start of the regular season to establish himself with the B’s while filling in for Pastrnak on the Perfection Line.
Studnicka finished with 23 goals and 49 points in 60 games played at center for the P-Bruins last season, but showed the skating, offensive instincts and hustle to play while notching one assist in seven games (five playoffs, two regular season) in Boston last season.
Marchand was skating in a cranberry no-contact jersey and exited practice about 10 minutes early after taking part in most of the drills during the first day back from offseason sports hernia surgery.
Otherwise, it was interesting to see Jeremy Lauzon get the top left pairing spot alongside Charlie McAvoy as the Boston Bruins only have an abbreviated 10-day camp period before jumping right into the regular season. Kevan Miller also skated without restriction after missing the last 18 months of hockey following a number of kneecap injuries and appears healthy for the first time in a long time at the start of training camp.
Here are the Bruins line combos and D-pairings from the first practice group that was on the ice at Warrior Arena shortly after 10 am this morning:
*Marchand exited the ice a few minutes early in the first session after skating in most of the drills, and didn’t take part in the second early session.