Draft Memories: Nick Bjugstad

Forward Nick Bjugstad reflects on being picked by the Panthers 19th overall in 2010 and his greatest memory of the day.

Wednesday, 05.21.2014 / 4:30 PM Florida Panthers


Drafted: 19th Overall in 2010 NHL Draft (Florida)
Position: Center
Born: July 17, 1992
Born In: Minneapolis, MN
CSS Final Rank: 13th Amongh North American Skaters

Collected 69 points (35-34-69) in 30 games with Blaine High School (MN) during draft year.


"For me, draft day was really exciting. I didn't know where I was going to go. Usually no one really knows unless you're a top three pick. I met with Florida quite a bit Before the draft and had a good feeling about them. It was a surreal moment for me.

You can't describe it. It was exciting. I was nervous obviously ...You're waiting. If you're later in the draft you're waiting a little bit and it’s about a three hour night. I was sweating, pretty exhausted, just mentally exhausted thinking about it. You're talking to your agent and he says this could be it here. You Never Know. It's a really fun experience for 18 year olds. It's a blast."


"We walked into the arena and looked down on the stage and my sister starts crying and my mom starts crying. Obviously they were super proud of me.

Just seeing that is probably the coolest thing from draft day and seeing how excited they were and what a great time they had with it."


"It's hanging up in my room at my mom's house. That will always be hanging up in my room. Hopefully I never lose that one.

I lose quite a few things so hopefully I don't lose that."

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