Marian Studenic did not have to wait long to find a new team to play for in the NHL. Put on waivers by the New Jersey Devils on February 23rd, 2022 Studenic was claimed one day later by Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill. The Stars made a flurry of moves to ensure they had the roster spot for Studenic including recalling Riley Tufte from the AHL, placing Tanner Kero on waivers, and putting Andrej Sekera on long term injured reserve due to an infection he has contracted. The various moves by the Stars front office increase the depth of the forwards for Dallas as the NHL trade deadline approaches.
Marian Studenic Career Overview
The right-winger from Slovakia was drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL draft by the New Jersey Devils. Leading to his draft year Studenic participated on the world stage for Team Slovakia. He also played in the Ontario Hockey League as part of the Hamilton Bulldogs. During the 2016-17 season, Studenic scored 18 goals and 12 assists in 58 games for the Bulldogs. He participated in seven playoff games for the Bulldogs scoring two goals and two assists. Unfortunately, Studenic was unable to carry his production to the world stage as in five games for team Slovakia he was unable to get on the scoresheet during the World Juniors Championship. The following season Studenic would see an increase in his point production as he scored 20 goals and 28 assists in 62 for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Ontario Hockey League.
Making the jump to the professional ranks of hockey Studenic participated in 64 games for the Binnington Devils of the AHL. In the 64 games, Studenic scored 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in his rookie campaign. The 2019-20 season would see Studenic once again play for the Binnington Devils of the AHL. He played 37 games producing nine goals and eight assists before the season was unfortunately cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. Returning in the 2020-21 season Studenic would get a chance to play at the NHL as he split his team between the NHL and AHL. He scored his first goal and first assist during his eight games that season. In the AHL he played 22 games scoring three goals and four assists. So far in the 2021-22 season, Studenic has once again split his time between the AHL and NHL. At the AHL level, Studenic has played 13 games for the Utica Comets producing five goals and five assists. In the NHL he has played 17 games scoring just one goal.
How Does Marian Studenic Help the Dallas Stars?
The former fifth-round pick of the New Jersey Devils will be a valuable addition to the Dallas Stars bottom-six forward group. Studenic clearly is not going to be producing earth-shattering goal or point totals with his new team but if he can be player that can kill penalties while playing around 12 minutes a game he will be a great fit for the Stars.
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