Boston Bruins prospect and Team Canada forward Jack Studnicka has been traded from the Oshawa Generals to the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL.
Along with Studnicka, the IceDogs also get defenceman Matt Brassard, a Vancouver Canucks prospect. Heading back to Oshawa is 16-year-old defenceman Lleyton Moore as well as the following six draft picks:
• London’s second-round pick in 2020
• Oshawa’s second-round pick in 2021
• Mississauga’s second-round pick in 2022
• Peterborough’s third-round pick in 2022
• Niagara’s third-round pick in 2023
• Mississauga’s third-round pick in 2024.
“This is a huge day for us in Niagara. In Jack and Matt we are adding the exact two players we targeted as perfect fits for our roster,” IceDogs GM Joey Burke said in a press release. “The skill set they will add to an already deep group could not be more exciting, and I can’t wait to watch how well they fit in with our guys.”
Studnicka, 19, was a member of the Team Canada that finished in sixth at this year’s world juniors, logging one goal and four points in five games.
A second-round pick by the Bruins in 2017, Studnicka was the captain in Oshawa before the trade. In three and a half seasons with the Generals, the centre had 56 goals and 184 points. He had 12 goals and 34 points in 30 games this season.
“Jack came in following our Memorial Cup year and right away proved he was a leader and the exact guy we needed to build our team around,” said Generals vice president and general manager Roger Hunt in a press release. “While playing with the Gens he has represented Canada at the Under-17, Under-18 and World Junior level. It was a no brainer for him to become our captain two years ago and he will always be remembered as one of the great captains of the Oshawa Generals.”
Brassard, 20, was a seventh-round pick by the Canucks in 2017. A six-foot-three defenceman, he set career highs in goals (16) and points (51) last season, and this season has continued to produce offensively. In 35 games with the Generals this year, Brassard has eight goals and 27 points.
The move is the second blockbuster the IceDogs have made this season as they compete for top spot in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. In November, the team acquired forward Jason Robertson, who represented the United States at the world juniors, along with defenceman Jacob Paquette, from the Kingston Frontenacs for two prospects and 11 draft picks.
The IceDogs currently sit second in the Eastern Conference, 10 points behind the Ottawa 67s and four points above the Generals, who are in third place.