Oliver Bjorkstrand

Kevin Wickersham

2017-12-12

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Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 177

Born: 1995-04-10

Hometown: Henning, DEN

Drafted: 2013 by Columbus Blue Jackets, 89th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 – Like some of his promising young teammates, Bjorkstrand has served at times in a bottom-six NHL role this year that doesn't reflect his scoring skill. He still has made his mark on the stat sheet however, with 16 points (five goals and 11 assists) in 30 contests while shifting linemates frequently, and serving on the power play with two goals and two assists on the man advantage. He looks to be on the big club to stay and is making the most of his opportunity in a variety of roles. That bodes well for the 22-year-old who should grow into an even more dangerous scoring presence as he gains experience. Kevin Wickersham

 

Spetember 2017 – With a second period goal assisted by phenom Vitali Abramov, Bjorkstrand registered what would eventually be the deciding score along with two hits and a blocked shot in the Blue Jackets' first preseason win, a 3-2 effort versus Chicago. Second only to Alexander Wennberg among Columbus forwards in ice time with 19:15, Bjorkstrand added 2:43 on the man advantage and 1:17 killing penalties. Considered by many the top true prospect in the CBJ system, he seems to have a clear path to at minimum third-line right wing duty when the season begins, perhaps next to Pierre-Luc Dubois.  Kevin Wickersham

 

June 2017 – Oliver Bjorkstrand is possibly the best prospect in the Columbus pipeline. When given the chance to demonstrate his skills in the NHL, he has shown that he only needs more experience. Bjorkstrand put up 6-7-13 in 26 games at the NHL level last season. There is every reason to believe he could stick with Columbus full-time in 2017-18. Mark Hinrich

 

September 2016 – Following his 2015-2016 season with Lake Erie of the AHL, it wouldn’t be a stretch to argue that Oliver Bjorkstrand could be the top prospect in the entire Columbus Blue Jackets system.  At just 21 years old, Bjorkstrand lead the Calder Cup Champion Monsters in scoring with 10 goals and six assists for 16 points in just 17 games. The young Danish forward’s play was so impressive that he earned Calder Cup Playoff MVP honors.

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