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Nick Bjugstad | Center

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/17/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 218
College: University of Minnesota
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Nick Bjugstad had a stellar sophomore season in 2014-15.
"The confidence was a lot better," Bjugstad said of his second season in the NHL. "I think as a team we just played a lot better together, so that helped me. I just loved my linemates and who I was playing with." The 22-year-old finished the season with 24 goals and 43 points during the season. May 24 - 1:09 PM

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Nick Bjugstad will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season after undergoing successful surgery on his lower back, GM Dale Tallon announced Friday evening.

This is certainly terrible news for the Panthers and Bjugstad, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Through 72 games this season, Bjugstad's second in the league, he contributed 24 goals, 43 points, 148 hits and won 49% of his nearly 1,000 faceoffs. If you're looking for a short-term replacement, consider forward Brandon Pirri. He has 20 goals in 41 games this season.
Mar 27 - 8:49 PM

Nick Bjugstad sat out Thursday's game with a lower-body injury.

He has missed the last two matches due to the ailment. Bjugstad is still in South Florida, but he might be able to join the Panthers on their road trip at some point before it ends in Boston on Tuesday.
Mar 27 - 9:56 AM

The Panthers hope to have Nick Bjugstad (lower body) make the trip to Canada for the next three games of a five-game road trip.

Florida began the trip with a visit to Tampa Bay in a 4-3 loss and Bjugstad wasn't able to play. More information should be known regarding his status on Wednesday.
Mar 25 - 9:37 AM

Nick Bjugstad (lower body) didn't travel with the Panthers to Tampa Bay.

The Panthers will play against the Lightning on Tuesday to kickoff their five-game road trip. Bjugstad leads Florida in goals with 24 and is tied for the team-lead with 43 points. The Panthers are five points back in the Wild Card race with just 10 contests left in their regular season schedule, so losing Bjugstad at this time is a potentially fatal blow.
Mar 24 - 2:13 PM

Nick Bjugstad isn't expected to play Tuesday because of a lower-body injury.

He originally suffered the ailment on Mar. 17 against Montreal, but played in Florida's next two games last week. "He has lower body soreness and continues to get evaluated," coach Gerard Gallant said. "It's been an issue for a while, the soreness, and it's got to a point where the guy works hard every night but we had to sit him the last seven or eight minutes the other night." Gallant hopes to have Bjugstad back on Thursday against Toronto.
Mar 23 - 4:47 PM

Nick Bjugstad skipped Wednesday's practice because of "soreness."

However, he will be in the lineup for Thursday's home match versus Winnipeg. Bjugstad leads the Panthers in scoring with 23 goals and 40 points in 66 games.
Mar 12 - 9:18 AM

Nick Bjugstad received another maintenance day on Monday.

He has managed to play in the past two games, but hasn't been practicing because of "a little soreness." David Bolland, who has been sidelined with an upper-body injury, took his spot on the second during Monday's session.
Mar 10 - 10:14 AM

Nick Bjugstad and the Panthers were shut out 3-0 by the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Bjugstad has no points and is a minus seven in his past five games, as the 22-year-old is still struggling to find consistency at this level. The hulking 6'6, 218-pounder has 36 points in 61 games.
Feb 26 - 11:23 PM

Nick Bjugstad scored a goal in Florida's 2-1 shootout loss to St. Louis on Sunday.

Bjugstad is in his second full season with the Panthers and he has already set a new career-high in goals with 20, and he is just four points away from setting a career-high in that category. The 22-year-old's goal was scored at the 18:47 mark of the third period with Florida trailing by a goal. Unfortunately for the Panthers, they were unable to get the job done in the shootout. Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad picked up the assists on Bjugstad's goal.
Feb 15 - 7:56 PM

Nick Bjugstad had 160 friends and family in attendance for Thursday's game in Minnesota.

The Blaine, MN, native was playing in his second NHL game in St. Paul and he scored his 19th goal of the season. Bjugstad had five shots in Florida's 2-1 loss to the Wild.
Feb 13 - 8:59 AM

Nick Bjugstad scored the Panthers' lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Minnesota on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old is holding a hot stick as of late, with five points in his past five games. The 19th overall pick from 2010 has 19 goals and 34 points in 53 games so far this season. He is the Panthers' leading scorer.
Feb 12 - 11:40 PM

Nick Bjugstad netted his team-leading 17th goal in Thursday's 3-2 victory against Los Angeles.

He scored 16 markers last year during his first full NHL season. Bjugstad also leads the Panthers in scoring with 32 points in 50 games.
Feb 6 - 10:57 AM

Nick Bjugstad collected two assists in Tuesday's 4-2 win against the New York Islanders.

Florida's leading scorer entered the game with no points in his previous three outings. Bjugstad earned a primary assist on both of Jimmy Hayes' goals to give him 31 points in 49 contests.
Feb 4 - 10:35 AM

Nick Bjugstad notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Detroit.

He scored his 16th goal of the season to match his total from a year ago and he has 29 points in 45 games in 2014-15. Bjugstad amassed eight shots on goal versus the Red Wings to help him snap a seven-game goalless slump.
Jan 28 - 9:43 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Garrett Wilson
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Brad Boyes
3Jimmy Hayes
4Scottie Upshall
5Tomas Kopecky
6Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Willie Mitchell
5Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya