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Nick Bjugstad | Center

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/17/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 218
College: University of Minnesota
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Nick Bjugstad netted a goal for the Panthers in their 3-2 preseason loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.
The lanky center has seen his production improve in each of the past two seasons, and that should be expected again in 2015-16. He had 24 goals and 43 points last season. Derek MacKenzie scored the other goal, while Roberto Luongo made 27 saves in a full game. Oct 3 - 9:46 PM

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Nick Bjugstad (back) says he's feeling better after a difficult end to last season.

"It was a tough way to end it," he said. "Obviously I had to watch the end of it on television or in the stands. It was a fun season to be a part of, night and day from the year before. But I had never been injured before. I think you learn to appreciate the game a little more. Sitting out for a long time is no fun. You start losing your mind. I was getting bored." The 23-year-old had a breakout season last year, scoring 24 goals and 43 points in 72 games and after a solid off-season, Bjugstad expects those numbers to climb even higher. "This was a different summer for me, but it was good, I put on some weight and put on some muscle. I’m rested and in a good mental spot to be ready to go this season."
Sep 20 - 10:59 AM

Nick Bjugstad didn't appear to have any lingering issues from back surgery during informal workouts, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

Richards stated that Bjugstad looked "strong" and was "skating well." Bjugstad said back in May that he was feeling great, so this news shouldn't come as a surprise. He sat out the last 10 games of the season after undergoing surgery on his lower back. The 23-year-old center is projected to build on the 24 goals and 43 points he scored last campaign.
Sep 10 - 2:07 PM

It sounds like Nick Bjugstad is progressing nicely from his lower back surgery.

Bjugstad didn't play past March 21 due to the injury. "Basically, I'm feeling 100 percent," he said. "I don't feel any tingling or soreness in my back. They just have to remind me all the time that you can’t rush it, you can't overdo it right now. Just trying to get back into shape which is nice, I feel like I could play a game right now, but obviously they’re not letting me get to that extent. My physical therapist is doing a really good job with me. Doing a lot of core, a lot of balance stuff to increase my back [strength]. I've been learning quite a bit, I've never really done these types of workouts it's good to be learning this kind of different stuff." He had 24 goals and 43 points in 72 games this season.
May 29 - 3:30 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Rocco Grimaldi
6Marc Savard
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Quinton Howden
5Connor Brickley
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Vincent Trocheck
4Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Alex Petrovic
7Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya