Oliver Bjorkstrand
Oliver Bjorkstrand
25-Year-Old Right WingRW
Columbus Blue Jackets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bjorkstrand more than doubled his career goal total with 23 in 77 games last year, but his 36 points were a disappointment after he hit 40 the year before. The slick winger has a great shot and a nose for open ice in the attacking zone, but he needs someone to set him up to maximize his skillset, and Columbus isn't deep with centers that feature the kind of passing skills that mesh well with Bjorkstrand. The 24-year-old will head into camp looking to establish himself on one of the top two lines, but even in a more significant role he could struggle to break out. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Blue Jackets in July of 2018.
Given all-clear
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
May 27, 2020
Bjorkstrand (ankle) will be ready to play once the NHL kicks off the 24-team playoff, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
ANALYSIS
Bjorkstrand was on a six-game point streak prior to getting hurt in late February in which he notched four goals and three helpers. The winger has struggled with injuries this season and was limited to just 49 regular-season appearances but still managed to reach the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive year. The Jackets are set to clash with the Maple Leafs in a best-of-five play-in series, where Bjorkstrand could find himself logging big minutes in a top-six role.
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    17:56
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:29
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The 23-year-old's first full season in the NHL was something of a mixed bag, but for the most part Bjorkstrand was a reliable contributor for the Blue Jackets, scoring 11 goals and 40 points while handling a regular role on the second power-play unit. Much like teammate Cam Atkinson, Bjorkstrand makes up for his lack of size with a knack for finding open ice, which he combines with a sniper's eye and a quick trigger. His immediate fortunes depend a great deal on what happens with Artemi Panarin. If Panarin remains in Columbus, Bjorkstrand will likely remain in a depth role, but if Panarin is traded a spot in the top six could open up, giving the Dane a chance to blossom.
A poor showing in training camp forced Bjorkstrand to spend the early part of the season back in the AHL, but the winger quickly proved he was ready for the big leagues and scored six goals and 10 points in 15 games after his recall in February. Possessing a nose for open ice and a lethal shot, the 22-year-old has the talent to develop into a consistent 25-goal threat if he gets a chance at a top-six role, but the Blue Jackets’ crowded wing situation could keep Bjorkstrand further down on the depth chart in 2017-18. For now, he'll focus on improving his all-around game and staying in the lineup for a full campaign, but even on a checking line he could prove to be a handful for the opposition.
Bjorkstrand had a huge season for the Portland Winterhawks (50 goals and 109 points in 69 games) skating alongside Jets prospect Nicolas Petan, but Bjorkstrand’s small stature means he will need to keep getting stronger and prove himself on every rung of the ladder before he'll get a shot at the NHL. The offensive talent and hockey sense are there for him to make an impact down the road.
Undersized prospect Bjorkstrand has the offensive talent and two-way game to someday make the NHL, but he's a long way away.
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Still not skating yet
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Ankle
April 20, 2020
Bjorkstrand (ankle) hasn't begun skating yet but could get back on the ice soon, according to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
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Ready to skate again
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Ankle
April 12, 2020
Coach John Tortorella said Wednesday that Bjorkstrand (ankle) may be ready to resume skating soon, Rob Mixer of 1stOhioBattery.com reports.
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Could benefit from shutdown
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
Ankle
March 18, 2020
Bjorkstrand (ankle) could be ready to rejoin the Blue Jackets' lineup once the NHL schedule resumes, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
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Undergoes ankle surgery
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
Ankle
March 3, 2020
Bjorkstrand had surgery Monday to repair his fractured ankle and will miss 8-to-10 weeks.
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Out for rest of season
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
Ankle
February 21, 2020
Bjorkstrand suffered a fractured ankle in Thursday's loss to the Flyers and will be out for 8-10 weeks, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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