Draft Prospect Profile #17 - Nick Bjugstad

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Position:  Center
Age: 17
Date of Birth: July 17, 1992
Place of Birth: Blaine, MN
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 190 lb
Shoots: Right

The 2010 Mr. Hockey for the Division 2A level in Minnesota, Bjugstad is the nephew of former Minnesota Northstars forward Scott Bjugstad. A big, smooth skater with a powerful shot, Bjugstad seems to be pushing himself as hard as possible both on and off the ice to succeed, even loading up on as many AP classes as possible in his junior year of high school so he could qualify for an accelerated graduation to attend Minnesota next year, where he has committed to play for the Golden Gophers. The biggest weakness in his game is that he still hasn't filled out enough to put a physical edge onto his game, but as he develops it's likely to come along. The team that drafts him is likely to leave him to develop in the NCAA and hope that all the pieces will come together to make a dangerous power forward.

2009/2010 Regular Season Stats:

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

28

35

34

69

N/A

N/A

Scouting Report (The Scouting Report)

Bjugstad moves very well for a big man and can really break down a defense with his speed and skill. He also competes hard on a consistent basis, and once he fills out his lanky frame, he could add a valuable physical dimension to his game.

The Pipeline Show

The most common words used to describe him from coaches and scouts I've talked to, are humble, character and skill. Not a bad overall package...patterns his game after Joe Thornton

Why He'd Be A Good Fit In Columbus:

If Columbus decides to trade down from the #4 pick, Bjugstad could very well be the target. With his speed, skill, shot, and size, he could instantly revitalize the team's pipeline for the position, but there is the question of how he will develop.  His incredible work ethic and drive to succeed point should also get the attention of many general managers looking for a "big heart" player. If he continues to fill out and push his game to the next level, he could well be the next Joe Thornton, just as he currently dreams. 

Sorry, no video available for this one - here's a nice shot of the big guy in action:

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