Nick Bjugstad

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Nick Bjugstad
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Born (1992-07-17) July 17, 1992 (age 22)
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team Florida Panthers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2010
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2013–present
Medal record
Competitor for United States USA
Ice hockey
Ice Hockey World Championships
Bronze 2013 Sweden/Finland
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2011 USA

Nicholas Jay Bjugstad (born July 17, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Panthers in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (19th overall).[1]

Playing career[edit]

During the summer of 2008, Bjugstad turned down an invitation to train with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program out of a sense of loyalty to his high school teammates.[2] Bjugstad finished his high school career with Blaine High School in 2010 after helping to bring the school to three consecutive Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournaments. He was named Mr. Hockey in 2009–10.[3] While in high school, Bjugstad accelerated his schooling by taking summer classes and online courses, enabling him to graduate a year earlier than expected.[2]

Bjugstad began his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota in 2010 playing for the Golden Gophers where he totaled 54 goals and 44 assists during his three years, while the team won two WCHA championships.

Bjugstad left the Gophers after his junior season, signing a three-year entry-level deal with the Panthers on April 3, 2013.[4] He immediately joined the last-placed Panthers end to the 2012–13 season, and scored his first NHL goal against Anders Lindbäck in Florida's season finale victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 27, 2013.[5] Bjugstad led the Panthers in points with 38, and third in goals with 16, during 2013-14, his first full-length season in the NHL, where he spent the majority of the season on the team's first line. In doing so he also set the NHL record for the fewest points ever in an 82 game season to lead a team in scoring.

Personal life[edit]

Bjugstad's father, Mike, played Division III hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, while his uncle, Scott, played at the University of Minnesota before advancing to the NHL, where he played for the Minnesota North Stars for a portion of his professional career.[2]

During the 2013-14 season, Bjugstad finished his class work to graduate with a degree in Business Marketing from the University of Minnesota.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Blaine High School MNHS 16 10 17 27
2008–09 Blaine High School MNHS 25 26 25 51 20
2009–10 Blaine High School MNHS 25 29 31 60 24 5 6 3 9 2
2010–11 University of Minnesota WCHA 29 8 12 20 51
2011–12 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 25 17 42 28
2012–13 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 21 15 36 28
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 11 1 0 1 2
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 76 16 22 38 16
NHL totals 87 17 22 39 18


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States WJC 3rd 6 2 2 4 0
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 4 2 6 0
2013 United States WC 3rd 10 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 12 6 4 10 0
Senior totals 10 0 2 2 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
Mr. Hockey 2010
All-WCHA First Team 2011–12
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2011–12
All-WCHA Third Team 2012–13


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nick Leddy
Minnesota Mr. Hockey
Succeeded by
Kyle Rau
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Erik Gudbranson
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Quinton Howden