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Panthers Sign C Nick Bjugstad to Entry-Level Contract

Florida’s 2010 First Round Draft Pick to Join Cats

Wednesday, 04.3.2013 / 3:45 PM ET / Transactions
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Panthers Sign C Nick Bjugstad to Entry-Level Contract

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed C Nick Bjugstad to an entry level contract.

“We are extremely pleased to have signed Nick,” said Tallon.  “He is a young, talented and physical forward that excelled during his time at the University of Minnesota. Nick is one of our top prospects who has great vision at both ends of the ice and possesses a strong hockey sense. We look forward to his continued development as he takes this next step in his hockey career.”

Bjugstad, 20, led Minnesota to the NCAA West Regionals this year, scoring 21 goals with 15 assists in 40 games played for the Gophers this season. He was tied for eighth among NCAA scoring leaders with 21 goals and was named to the All-WCHA Third Team. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound center completes his collegiate career play with 109 games scoring 54 goals with 44 assists, earning three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament.

During his sophomore campaign, Bjugstad was named to the All-WCHA First Team, leading the Gophers with 25 goals, while ranking fifth in the nation. He helped Minnesota advance to the Frozen Four losing to the eventual champion Boston College.

The Blaine, Minnesota native was named as the club’s rookie of year after registering 20 points (8-12-20) in 29 games played during his first season as a Gopher.

On the international level, Bjugstad has twice represented the United States at the World Junior Championships (2011 & 2012). He scored the game-winning goal to secure the Bronze medal for Team USA in 2011.

Bjugstad was drafted by Florida in the first round (19th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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