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2010 NHL Draft

Panthers Tab Bjugstad With #19

Friday, 06.25.2010 / 9:38 PM / 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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 61 21 15 -9 36
J. Huberdeau 58 9 24 4 33
A. Ekblad 61 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 60 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 59 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 52 17 10 -5 27
A. Barkov 50 9 12 -4 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 61 3 17 1 20
D. Bolland 37 3 13 2 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 16 11 .921 2.38
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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