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Panthers prospect Bjugstad (concussion) held out of camp

Sep 12, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

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Not a great start to Florida Panthers training camp.

On Thursday, the club announced prized rookie Nick Bjugstad was being held out after suffering a concussion during the Coral Springs prospects tournament.

Bjugstad, 21, was Florida’s first-round pick (19th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the last three years at the University of Minnesota and made his NHL debut for the Panthers late last season, appearing in 11 games while recording his first big-league goal.

Bjugstad, a center, is expected to challenge for a spot with the Panthers this season.

It’ll be interesting to see were he fits on the depth chart, as the club added two centers this offseason — veteran Scott Gomez and Aleksander Barkov, the second overall selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

  1. withseidelinn - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Why is he wearing a hat?

    • Mike Halford - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      It was for a game against Boston last year post-marathon. It’s a Boston PD hat.

      • withseidelinn - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Legit.

    • rsmaggiemae - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      I hope he will be ok, I loved watching him play for the Minnesota Gophers.

      • lordfletcher - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Hate to see him get hurt…..but

        You loved watching him play for the Gophers?

        He was easily one of the biggest disappointments in prospects the Gophers have had in a while. He is soft and a ghost most of the time on the ice. He was out played by skaters half his size and with half of his ‘ability’… I won’t miss watching that loaf

        Career will be bouncing around clubs and minor trade bait.

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