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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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