With the 2019-20 AHL season in flux given the coronavirus pandemic, there may not be an extended chance for some of Boston’s most promising prospects from Providence to show they’re NHL ready in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
It has been a strong season, after all, for Providence. In the final game before the league suspended the season, Providence set a franchise record with its 12th straight victory, a 3-1 decision over Hartford. The win also propelled Providence into first place in the Atlantic Division and tied them for second-most points in the AHL.
The future is bright in Boston, but which of Providence’s top players will make the jump in the near future. Here are five players to keep an eye on for next season’s NHL roster.
Jack Studnicka - C
The leading scorer for Providence this season, Studnicka has been a consistent presence offensively all season. Not only is it his goal-scoring ability, but his vision and awareness to create plays in the offensive zone has seen Studnicka take a major step forward this year.
With two more years left on his entry-level deal, the 21-year-old has become a proven penalty-killer, collecting 10 shorthanded points, including seven goals, this season. Inserting Studnicka onto the third line next year could result in some much needed secondary scoring for Boston.