Nick Bjugstad

Rich Dillon

2012-02-17

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Nick Bjugstad, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-6

Weight: 215

Born: 1992-07-07

Hometown: Coon Rapids, MN

Drafted: 2010 by Florida Panthers, 19th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

February 2014 – Bjugstad now has 23 points in 52 games in his rookie NHL season. It’s clear now what all the hype was about as his rare combination of size and skill have been displayed at times at the NHL level already. His ice-time has actually steadily declined as the season has gone on but his point totals haven’t wavered with eight points in his last 14. Depending on the prospect games limit in your league, it may be best to keep him in the minors as late as possible, as the he will only get better with more NHL experience. Right now don’t expect much more than a point every two games with about 15-16 minutes of ice per game. It’s clear though he isn’t going anywhere. Nathan Kanter

 

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December 2013 – Bjugstad has 11 points in 25 games for the Panthers so far this season. He is still seeing significant ice-time as he played a season-high 19:50 last game against the Hawks. Nathan Kanter

 

November 2013 – Bjugstad has been a rare bright spot on an abysmal Florida team and he has the new coaching staff to thank. Before Peter Horachek took over, Bjugstad was used sparingly and had just three points in 10 games (skating just over 12 minutes per game in those games). After Kevin Dineen was let go, Bjugstad immediately saw minutes in all situations, to the tune of almost 18 and a half minutes per night and has four points in five games to show for it. Activate him while he’s hot. He’s here to stay but don’t expect point-per-game numbers for too long. Nathan Kanter

 

October 2013 – Bjugstad suffered a concussion in the Prospects Tournament in early September and is still not healthy enough to play so was placed on IR to start the season. Once he is 100%, he will almost certainly start with the Rampage in the AHL. Still tons of upside here, but the concussion is not good news. A longer wait, but Florida’s possible top-six combinations a few years down the road look quite intriguing and he will very much be a part of it. Nathan Kanter

 

May 2013 – Unfortunately Bjugstad was not used quite as one would have expected at the World Championships, receiving roughly 9 and a half minutes of ice time per game as Team USA won the bronze medal. He recorded two assists and was a minus-2, playing on a line with fellow youngster Danny Kristo and Aaron Palushaj. Still, the experience was certainly valuable for the 20 year-old, who should certainly see increased ice-time with the Panthers this coming fall. Nathan Kanter


April 2013 – Bjugstad has been selected to play for the U.S. at the 2013 World Championships in Stockholm and Helsinki this coming May. Team USA announced the first 15 names April 25th, and given the lack of high quality forwards, it seems he may also get to see some serious minutes which can only bode well for next season. Nathan Kanter