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Nick Bjugstad | Center | #27

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/17/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 218
College: University of Minnesota
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (19) / FLA
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Nick Bjugstad posted a goal with a plus-1 rating, two hits and a minor penalty in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss in Chicago.
The Twin Cities native has stepped up his production skating alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau on Florida's top line, posting three goals with an assist over his past six outings. Bjugstad is trending in the right direction, but he'll need to continue producing regularly over at least a few more games before he re-emerges as a recommend fantasy option outside of deeper pools. Dec 12 - 11:31 PM

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Nick Bjugstad is projected to start Monday's game on the top line.

Bjugstad had a goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina, while skating alongside Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. He has notched six goals and 12 points in 26 contests this year.
Dec 4 - 1:43 PM

Nick Bjugstad scored a goal in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bjugstad's goal at the 15:16 mark of the second period gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at the time. He also added the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout. He now has five goals and five assists in 21 games this season. Three of those goals have come in his last six games.
Nov 22 - 11:25 PM

Nick Bjugstad found the back of the net in Thursday's 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Bjugstad has scored two of his four goals this year in his last three outings. He has produced nine points through 18 games.
Nov 17 - 9:49 AM

Nick Bjugstad scored the Panthers' lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Bjugstad was held pointless in his last four games before scoring in Saturday night's encounter against New Jersey. His totals now improve to three goals, five assists and eight points in 16 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Nov 11 - 11:16 PM

Nick Bjugstad skated alongside Vincent Trocheck and Connor Brickley during Monday's practice.

Trocheck has played with Radim Vrbata and Jamie McGinn for most of the season, but they are projected to play with Jared McCann. "Trocheck played well, but I think I would need his line to have a little more [offensive] zone possession time," coach Bob Boughner said. "And Bjugstad is playing really well. So, hopefully he can complement that line and they can spend a little more time in the zone." Bjugstad accounted for two goals and two assists in the first three games of the year, but he only has three helpers in his last 10 outings.
Nov 7 - 10:11 AM

Nick Bjugstad notched a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday night.

Bjugstad has four points in three games this season thanks to a pair of multi-point performances. He only had 14 points in 54 outings last year due to injuries, but it's been a strong start to 2017-18 for the 25-year-old forward.
Oct 13 - 8:35 AM

Nick Bjugstad has played well as a right winger.

Jared McCann took the third-line center spot during the preseason, but Bjugstad has been successful on the wing at the start of the 2017-18 campaign. "I think Bjugy's been our best player in the last two games," coach Bob Boughner said. He recorded a goal and an assist in Florida's 5-4 home-opening win over Tampa Bay.
Oct 9 - 10:11 AM

Nick Bjugstad posted a goal and assist in Florida's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Bjugstad dealt with injuries last year and he only had 14 points in 54 outings. It looks like he's ready to get himself back on track this campaign. Evgenii Dadonov and Jared McCann also picked up a goal and an assist each in the contest, while Aleksander Barkov earned a pair of helpers.
Oct 8 - 12:06 AM

Although he may only be the Panthers' third-line center, Nick Bjugstad may have some fantasy value if he sticks on Florida's first power-play unit.

The Cats have been icing the following first power-play unit so far--Keith Yandle, Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Evgenii Dadonov and Bjugstad. The second unit has been comprised of Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck, Owen Tippett, Jared McCann and Henrik Haapala. Ekblad, and to a lesser extent Trocheck, seem to be the losers in this alignment. Keep an eye on this situation going forward.
Sep 23 - 10:32 AM

Nick Bjugstad has some competition for the third-line center role.

The Panthers will also give looks to Denis Malgin and Jared McCann before the start of the regular season. "Is it going to be Bjugstad?" coach Bob Boughner said. "It is going to Malgin? Is it going to be McCann? We're trying McCann on the wing as well. Because we got to make sure that we know going into the season when it starts in October, who's best at what position. So they're all going to get their chance and they're all going play center as we move forward." Bjugstad is eager to rebound this season after he missed 18 games and scored just seven goals in 2016-17.
Sep 20 - 2:49 PM

Nick Bjugstad picked up his 12th point of the season during Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins.

It's been a tough season for Bjugstad, whose assist today gives him six on the campaign through 50 games.
Apr 1 - 4:34 PM

Nick Bjugstad snapped a 13-game goal scoring drought on Saturday.

Bjugstad's post-goal celebration made it very clear how happy he was to get that slump behind him. "I was joking with someone that was probably a bit excessive for the sixth goal," he said. "But at this point of the season and for myself that was instinct. Just thank God, basically. I had a lot of shots and it finally went in." This has been a rough season for him as he has just six goals and 11 points in 46 games. That's down from his career-high of 24 goals in 2014-15. It's too late for him to salvage this campaign, but the Panthers will be looking for more from him in 2017-18.
Mar 27 - 10:05 AM

Interim coach Tom Rowe wants more from Nick Bjugstad.

"Now that he's consistently with [Vanek and Marchessault], [Bjugstad] needs to use these next 10 games to get his game to the level where it needs to be," said Rowe. "... It's not acceptable for whatever amount of games he's played he's only got five goals." Rowe also pointed out that Bjugstad had 24 goals in 2015-16 and he wants to see that form again. Bjugstad earned an assist in Thursday's 3-1 win over Arizona to give him 10 points in 45 games this season.
Mar 24 - 9:12 AM

Nick Bjugstad was back between Jonathan Marchessault and Thomas Vanek at Wednesday's practice.

Interim bench boss Tom Rowe has been mixing and matching different combinations to try to get Florida's offense back on track. Bjugstad has gone five straight games without a point and he has been credited with just a total of nine in 37 outings.
Mar 9 - 10:36 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Jared McCann
5Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jamie McGinn
3Connor Brickley
4Denis Malgin
5Dryden Hunt
RW1Evgenii Dadonov
2Radim Vrbata
3Colton Sceviour
4Micheal Haley
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Michael Matheson
4Alex Petrovic
5Mark Pysyk
6Ian McCoshen
7MacKenzie Weegar
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer
3Harri Sateri