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2010 NHL Draft

Panthers Tab Bjugstad With #19

Friday, 06.25.2010 / 9:38 PM ET / 2010 NHL Draft
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Rank: #13 North American Skater
Team: Blaine (HIGH-MN)
Pos: C                     Shoots: Right
Height: 6'4              Weight: 188
Born: 7/17/92          Born In: Minneapolis, MN
NHL Team: Minnesota Wild
NHL Player: Mikko Koivu
Shootout Move: "Bouchard 360"
Movie: Dumb & Dumber
Activity Away From The Rink: Tennis

After drafting a defenseman for the second straight year with their first pick with the selection of Erik Gudbranson, the Panthers turned their sights on getting a high quality prospect on the front end.

They found that with the selection of Blaine High School's (Minnesota) Nick Bjugstad with the 19th overall selection.

"I'm definitely excited," said Bjugstad. "The nerves have kind of gone away since it just happened so I'm really excited about going to the Florida Panthers and hopefully I can improve these next couple of years and play for them."

Panthers GM Dale Tallon said when he first started that he wanted to add size, speed, skill and character and after adding Gudbranson (6'4, 195lbs), they again added another player with good size and speed as the center is listed at 6'4 and 188lbs.

"I consider myself a big centerman that likes to make plays all over the ice," said Bjugstad. "I like to help out the d's in the defensive zone. This year I was relied on to score so I think I gained that part of the game too as well."

Bjugstad, ranked the top high school player by Central Scouting Service earned Minnesota's Mr. Hockey Award as he scored 29 goals and had 60 points in just 25 games.

"That's a great award to win in Minnesota and it was a great honor for me to win," said Bjugstad. "I worked hard and I grew up in a great part of town in Minnesota so I definitely have to credit my coaches and my family for that."

“He wants the puck and wants to make plays," said NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee. "He's a blue-collar type kid who works his tail off."

“Nick is a top level player who will become an outstanding professional some day," said Blaine head coach Dave Aus. "His greatest strengths are his shot, his vision and his unbelievable humbleness. He is an even better person, than he is a hockey player. He will be a popular player to fans and a great pro.”

Bjugstad will attend the highly-touted University of Minnesota in the fall, one year ahead of schedule.

"I'm really excited," said Bjugstad. "We started these last couple of weeks lifting and going to school so I've adjusted and I'm looking forward to coming and helping the team out."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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