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Jack Studnicka needs to improve his shot to land with Bruins

Jack Studnicka was selected 53rd overall by the Bruins in the 2017 NHL Draft.Getty Images file

At camp this week, intriguing center prospect Jack Studnicka has shown a dogged competitiveness, a considerable amount of skill, and a tendency to get a little too fine with his passing.

“I think he’d say it: He needs to keep improving [his shot]. He is a bit of a pass-first guy. I think his stats would show the same,” Bruins player development coordinator Jamie Langenbrunner said.

Indeed, Studnicka’s goal totals over his three full seasons with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, 4, 18 and 22, back that assertion up. His assists: 22, 34 and 50. Billed as a three-zone center in the way of Patrice Bergeron, the 53rd overall pick (second round) in last year’s draft is trying to become more of a sniper than setup man.


“He can score, maybe not blowing them back from the top of the circle, per se,” Langenbrunner said. “He gets himself into spots -- right now I’d say in that 15-foot area, 10-foot area is where he needs to be. He’s still a skinny kid (6-foot-1, 171 pounds). He’s going to put on some strength, and as you go, the shot will get better.”

Studnicka, who heads back to Oshawa if he doesn’t make the Bruins out of September camp, seemingly never gives up on a drill. That attitude should help him in the gym this summer.

“Maybe my older brother beating up on me a little bit,” he said, pondering where his work ethic originated. “I think anything you do, you’ve got to give 100 percent. There’s no point in doing something half-ass. You always want to give your full effort and never look back, never have any regrets.”

Matt Porter can be reached at matthew.porter@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattyports.