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Bjugstad finishes season with two records

Apr 13, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

Nick Bjugstad AP

With the Florida’s season over, 21-year-old forward Nick Bjugstad has secured his spot in the record books, although the Panthers might wish that he hadn’t.

Bjugstad was the team’s leading scoring with 38 points in 76 games. That makes him the first rookie to ever lead the organization in points.

Of course, that’s only possible because his competition set the bar so low. Which leads us to the other record he broke. As we mentioned earlier this week, the all-time worst team scoring leader in an 82-game season recorded 39 points. Or at least that was the case on Friday.

Scott Pellerin was the old record holder when he had 39 points in 58 games with the Minnesota Wild during their 2000-01 expansion season.

“I did what I could do this season and it is what it is as far as the record goes,” said Bjugstad, per the Miami Herald.

“It’s not one you think of very often so I hope it stays pretty deep in the books. … It’s not an honor obviously, but it’s my rookie year. I did my best and I learned a lot.”

Although his name will be associated with the dubious distinction, this record was really a team effort. The fault doesn’t lie with the rookie that got 38 points.

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  1. stcrowe - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    He has nothing to be ashamed of. It is his dud teammates that should be embarrassed.

  2. djshnooks - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Are ya kiddin me?

    Granted, he’ll only be 19…but I hope Grigorenko can put up 38 points in Buffalo next year. Cody Hodgson had his first 20 goal season this year, which is quite a big-ish deal for a young playmaking pivot. Even on the worst team in the league.

    It’s progress…that’s what you look for in young players. Last place and top pick be damned…I saw a lot of improvement from young Sabres this year…just as I’m sure the Panthers saw the same with their young guns. Which is the basic idea.

    • esracerx46 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Grigorenko turns 20 in a month.

  3. grocerystick101 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Why so much focus on this fairly meaningless statistic when the Buffalo Sabres are about to set the team record for fewest goals in an NHL season in the modern era?

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Because this website likes to stick it to Florida for some reason

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 13, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        Yes, just this site.

    • guitarhunterdude - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      The dead puck era is alive and well.

      The puck is dead! Long live the puck!

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