27 Nick Bjugstad  
Nick Bjugstad


Blaine, Minn.

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Height / Weight:
6-6 / 220



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2012-13 • Junior Season:Named to the All-WCHA Third Team and an All-America candidate • Minnesota's leading goal scorer with 21 goals this year • also had 15 assists and 36 total points • 9 of his 21 goals came on the power play while thejunioralso had three game winners • scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in the season opener against Michigan State (10/12) • named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on October 16th for the weekend of 10/12-13 after tallying three points including the game-winning goals both nights • scored a goal to tie the game in the second period at Minnesota State (11/3) • netted a power-play goal in Alaska versus the Seawolves (11/9) • got the Gophers on the board with a second-period goal and assisted on a game-clinching goal against the Badgers (11/17) • scored a breakaway goal after coming out of the penalty box and tallied an assist against Vermont (11/23) • blasted a power-play goal from the right circle against Nebraska Omaha (12/1) • assisted on a pair of goals (one by Kyle Rau and one by Erik Haula) against Air Force at the Mariucci Classic (12/29) • netted two first-period goals and assisted on two other goals to help lead the Gophers past Boston College to claim the Mariucci Classic title (12/30) • awarded WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors on January 3rd for his six point weekend (two goals, four assists) at the Mariucci Classic the previous weekend. • scored two more goals, one of which was a power-play goal, against Alaska Anchorage (1/11) • collected two assists and recorded a +2 rating in a 5-1 victory over North Dakota (1/18) • tallied one goal in the third period to help Minnesota come back and tie North Dakota (1/19) • marked the first game of February with a first period goal at St. Cloud State (2/8) • posted another goal in the third period of a road contest with St. Cloud State (2/9) • notched a power-play goal in the second period of a 3-2 win at Wisconsin (2/15) • scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the third period in a victory over Denver (3/2) • fired home two power-play goals at Bemidji State (3/8), he scored three-straight power-play goals for the team • netted the game-winning goal, his 20th goal on the season, in a victory at Bemidji State (3/9) • registered a power-play goal in the second period of game two of the WCHA playoff series against Bemidji State (3/16) • All-WCHA Academic Team honoree • signed with the Florida Panthers on April 3, 2013.

2011-12 • Sophomore Season: Named to the All-WCHA First Team • national Player of the Month for November after recording 13 points and nine goals • WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Nov. 22 • set a career high in goals (25), assists (17) and points (42) while playing in 40 games • led team in goals and tied for fifth in the nation with 25 • scored most goals scored by a Gopher since Ryan Potulny had 38 in 2005-06 • recorded 21 of his points (9g-12a) in 16 road games • had a point in 13 of 16 road games and had five multiple-point games on the road • longest point drought of season is two games and that has happened only twice • tied for second on the team in power-play goals (8) and was third in plus-minus rating (+23) • led team in shooting percentage (17.2%) • team was 20-6-1 when he hada point • led team (of players who have taken more than 70 faceoffs) with a 57.9% success rate • had a season-high six-game point streak (7g-4a) from Nov. 12-Dec. 2 • made his season debut against Sacred Heart (10/7) and scored two goals and was a +4 • had two assists at Minnesota Duluth (10/14) • registered three points (1g-2a) at Minnesota Duluth (10/15) • scored two goals against Vermont (10/21) • had two points (1g-1a) at Alaska Anchorage (10/29) • won 13 of 16 faceoffs at Alaska Anchorage (10/29) • scored the game-winning goal on the power play against North Dakota (11/4) • scored first goal of the game and had an assist against North Dakota (11/5) • scored an unassisted goal in a win at Wisconsin (11/12) • picked up a power-play goal at St. Cloud State (11/18) • won 13 of 18 faceoffs and recorded the first hat trick of his collegiate career (first for a Gopher since Jay Barriball on Oct. 9, 2010 against Massachusetts) against St. Cloud State (11/19) • scored two goals at Michigan State (11/25) • had two assists at Michigan State (11/26) • won 14 of 18 faceoffs against Minnesota State (12/2) • won 18 of 25 faceoffs versus Minnesota State (12/3) • won 15 of 28 faceoffs and recorded his 16th goal of the year against Michigan Tech (12/10) • missed both games of the Mariucci Classic (12/30 and 12/31) while playing for the United States in the World Junior Championship • returned to the Gopher lineup from the WJC and had one goal against Notre Dame (1/7) and also won 17 of 22 faceoffs • tallied two goals at North Dakota (1/14) • scored his 20th goal of the year against Colorado College (1/20) • won 12 of 18 faceoffs against Colorado College (1/21) • won 14 of 17 faceoffs and scored the game-winning goal against St. Cloud State (1/27) • won 12 of 17 faceoffs against St. Cloud State (1/28) • had two points (1g-1a) and won nine of 14 faceoffs against Bemidji State (2/17) • won 13 of 20 faceoffs and scored a third-period, game-tying goal at Nebraska Omaha (2/24) • missed the Wisconsin game (3/2) with an injury • won 17 of 23 faceoffs and had one goal and one assist against Alaska Anchorage (3/10) in Game 2 of the first round of the WCHA playoffs • scored an empty-net goal against Boston University (3/24) in the NCAA West Regional semifinals.

2010-11 • Freshman Season: Skated in 29 games and had 20 points (8g-12a) during his freshman season • received the Frank Pond Rookie of the Year award • tied for sixth on the team in points (20) • registered 19 (8g-11a) of his 20 points in WCHA games • recorded sixteen points (6g-10a) in his final 16 games of the season • tied for first on the team (Nate Condon) among freshmen in goals (8) and was second among freshmen in assists (12) • led team with two shorthanded goals • registered a point in 15 of 29 games and team was 8-4-3 when he had a point • had three multiple-point games and two multiple-goal games • third on the team in faceoff attempts (355) and wins (170) • made his collegiate debut against Massachusetts (10/8) and racked up 19 penalty minutes • recorded first collegiate point, an assist, against Nebraska-Omaha (10/15) • diagnosed with mononucleosis on Oct. 23 and missed five games • returned to the lineup at Michigan Tech on Nov. 19, taking three shots and recording one assist • notched first career goal (an empty-net tally) at the 19:59 mark of the third period at Michigan Tech (11/20) • took four shots and scored second goal of the season at Minnesota State (12/3) • missed the Mariucci Classic (12/31-1/1) because he was playing for the United States at the 2011 World Junior Championship • had an assist and six penalty minutes in 3-2 win at No. 2 North Dakota (1/14) • had one assist (2/4) and two assists (2/5) at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth • ended a 10-game goalless skid with a goal in a 7-3 win against No. 4 Denver (2/12) • had a four-game point streak (3g-3a) and was +3 from Feb. 12-25 as the Gophers were 3-0-1 during the span • named the WCHA Rookie of the Week on March 1 after the Michigan Tech series • had two shorthanded goals and one assist against Michigan Tech (2/25) • first Gopher to score two shorthanded goals in a game since Tony Lucia accomplished the feat at Alaska Anchorage (10/30/09) • repeated as the WCHA Rookie of the Week on March 8 after the Bemidji State series • recorded four points (3g-1a) in a series at Bemidji State (March 4-5), which included the overtime game-winning goal in the second game • win was Minnesota's first overtime victory in 13 games since it beat Northeastern (1/3/09) in extra time and was the first time the Gophers won after trailing (were down 2-1) heading into the third period since they rallied from a 1-0 deficit to beat Bowling Green (1/2/10).

International: Represented the United States at the 2012 World Junior Championship • tied for first on Team USA with four goals and tied for second with six points • scored the game-winning goal against Denmark (12/26) and had a hat trick against Latvia (1/3) • participated in the 2011 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in August in Lake Placid, N.Y. • represented the United States at the 2011 World Junior Championship • had two goals and two assists in six games for the bronze-winning U.S. squad • both of his goals were game-winning goals, as he scored the overtime winner against Finland (12/26) and the goal that secured the bronze medal for the U.S. against Sweden (1/5) • participated in the 2010 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. and led Team USA with seven goals in seven games • represented the United States at the 2008 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia and at the 2009 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia.

High School: Played his high school hockey at Blaine • head coach was Dave Aus • earned three varsity letters for the Bengals • won 2010 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award, given to the state's most outstanding senior high school hockey player • racked up 69 points (35g-34a) in 35 games during his final high school season while leading Blaine to a Section 5AA title • recorded four hat tricks, including a five-goal game against Coon Rapids • competed for Team Northwest in the Minnesota High School Elite League • also lettered in tennis at Blaine, going 18-0 with doubles partner Ryan Carney before missing the section tournament to participate in the NHL Draft Combine in Toronto • selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.

Personal: Plans to major in business and marketing education • accelerated his high school academics to graduate in three years • was an honor student at Blaine • hobbies include fishing and hunting • lists most memorable sports thrill as playing in the Minnesota state hockey tournament • uncle, Scott, was a standout on the Gopher hockey team from 1980-83 and played eight seasons in the NHL for the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings • son of Mike and Janeen Bjugstad • born July 17, 1992.