Nick Bjugstad: Another Player To Watch For

Nick Bjugstad is a force to be reckoned with. He’s a massive 6’5 centre with some muscle. He reminds me a lot of James Van Riemsdyk with his size, and his willingness to use his muscle. Yes he’s playing the NCAA where the competition is not as great as lets say, the OHL, but he still had 20 points in 29 games. He was put into all situations including powerplays and penalty kills by the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ coaches. He also scored two goals and two assists for Team USA in the 2011-2012 World Junior Championships. That might not seem like a lot, but both goals were clutch. They were both game-winners. Personally I believe in a few years, he will be challenging Jonathan Huberdeau for the first line centre job. I found a quick clip of his goals last year as a freshman for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Most of his goals involve him pushing his way through the net, or using that wicked wrister of his. If he doesn’t have muscle, he wouldn’t be able to push his way through.

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