Nick Bjugstad
Nick Bjugstad
26-Year-Old CenterC
Pittsburgh Penguins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After missing nearly 30 games during a disappointing, 14-point campaign in 2016-17, Bjugstad came back with a vengeance by playing out the entire schedule for the first time in his career last season. He posted 19 goals and a career-high 49 points while averaging over 15 minutes of ice time per game. The 6-foot-6 forward also registered a plus-5 rating to mark his first season with a positive rating. Bjugstad has shown plenty of upside when healthy, but he hasn't found much consistency in his career. Still, he's a perennial power-play contributor who should continue to see enough chances in the attacking zone to partially offset his reputation as a health risk. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed six-year, $24.6 contract extension with the Panthers in December 2014.
Turns in rare multi-point effort
CPittsburgh Penguins
March 15, 2019
Bjugstad scored a goal and added a power-play assist in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Sabres.
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The two-point performance is Bjugstad's first since Oct. 20 and gives the 26-year-old 22 points through 53 games in 2018-19. He's been a solid addition to Pittsburgh's bottom six since being acquired from Florida.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:30
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:47
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:45
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:13
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
13:09
1:25
0:02
2017–18
15:07
1:31
0:01
2018–19
14:30
1:47
0:01
2018–19
15:45
1:13
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A 2010 first-round pick, Bjugstad’s career has been derailed by injuries recently, as he’s missed 43 games over the past two seasons. At his best, the 6-foot-6 center is a force to be reckoned with, as he’s virtually immovable in front of the net and in possession of quality finishing skills. However, he’s been leapfrogged on the depth chart by Vincent Trocheck, and Bjugstad averaged a career-low 13:09 of ice time while falling off to just seven goals, 14 points and a minus-19 rating last season -- all career worsts since he broke in as a full-time NHLer. The 25-year-old still has plenty of untapped potential, but he has a lot of catching up to do and will likely start the season as the No. 3 center. A 20-goal, 40-point season for Bjugstad would represent a nice return to form, and it’s certainly doable if he stays healthy.
Bjugstad took a step back last season, managing nine fewer goals than the year before en route to a pedestrian 34 points in 67 games. While he’s still just 24 years old, the 6-foot-6 centerman was significantly outplayed by a pair of even younger pivots on his own team in Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck. Bjugstad’s 13 power-play goals over the past two campaigns indicate that he’s dangerous with the man advantage, but he could struggle at even strength, as he’s unlikely to supplant either Barkov or Trocheck on the top two lines and remains a work in progress defensively. If he can’t win a bigger role, it’s hard to expect more than about 40 points.
Bjugstad was the top goal scorer on the Panthers in 2014-15, despite being shut down in late March with a back injury that required surgery. The 72 games were enough for Bjugstad to come through with a break out, scoring 24 goals and adding 19 assists while manning the Cats' top line and power-play unit. With the man advantage, Bjugstad was particularly effective, scoring a team-high seven goals and adding five assists. The power forward (he’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 218 pounds) has quickly learned to use his size like Kyle Okposo -- another former Minnesota Golden Gopher -- to get to the net and light the lamp. If his recovery from the back procedure is on schedule, Bjugstad should slot back as a center man in the team’s top six and continue to build on the production he supplied last season.
Would you have guessed that Bjugstad was Panthers' leading scorer in 2013-14? The fact he had only 38 points makes it a difficult trivia question to get right, but don't dismiss the young pivot -- Bjugstad put up strong shot (185) and hit (117) totals in addition to a respectable point total for a 22-year-old in his first full season. The Panthers have improved their depth, which should benefit Bjugstad. With a small improvement in his shot total and shooting percentage, Bjugstad’s production could climb nicely. He could be a sneaky sleeper in fantasy leagues this year, as South Florida sometimes gets overlooked for talent.
Bjugstad played 11 games with the Panthers after his season ended at the University of Minnesota, but managed to notch just one goal. The Panthers are relying on the 19th overall pick from the 2010 draft to turn into the hulking power forward he's supposed to be this season, but only time will tell if he's worth fantasy consideration. If his production doesn't pick up, he doesn't warrant a second glance, but his numbers with the Gophers (21/15/36 in 40 games last year) suggest that he has the potential to be the top-line center of the future in Sunrise, Florida.
Florida scooped up Bjugstad, one of the best American prospects in the 2010 NHL Entry draft, with their 19th overall pick. At 18 years young, this kid has a quick motor strapped to his feet and his 6-4 frame is a warning for the opposition to get out of his way or pay the price. However, the highest competition he's dealt with so far are high school skaters. Bjugstad is headed for much greater competition at the University of Minnesota in 2010-11.
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Opens scoring against Bruins
CPittsburgh Penguins
March 10, 2019
Bjugstad netted his 10th goal of the year to start the scoring in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Bruins.
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Tickles twine
CPittsburgh Penguins
March 8, 2019
Bjugstad scored a goal in Thursday's 3-0 victory over Columbus.
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Struggling to produce
CPittsburgh Penguins
March 6, 2019
Bjugstad has managed just one goal in his last six contests.
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Finds twine on power play
CPittsburgh Penguins
February 19, 2019
Bjugstad's seventh goal of the season came on the man advantage in a 4-3 win over the Devils on Tuesday.
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Will play Monday
CPittsburgh Penguins
February 11, 2019
Bjugstad (undisclosed) will be in the lineup versus Philadelphia on Monday, Jonathan Bombulie of TribLive.com reports.
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