Tommy John and Me - Tommy John turned 75 today. Well, I'm trying to whip up this post quickly in the evening of May 22nd, but we'll see if I finish it before bedtime. My glo...
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Up-and-Comers on the Cheap - Nick Bjugstad
When the Bruins tanked it down the stretch this season, and I needed a new team to follow in the playoffs, I sort of adopted the Florida Panthers. They've built an impressive young team through patience and the draft, and on top of that I was eager to see an aging Jaromir Jagr have one last long playoff run. I really enjoyed watching them all year long actually, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be as the team couldn't get out of the first round of the playoffs against John Tavares and the Islanders.
Looking only at the raw stats, it would appear that Bjugstad took a step back in 2015-16 after a career year the season prior. He still managed to hit the 15-goal mark for the third straight year though, and added 19 assists. In 226 career NHL games, Nick has tallied 56 goals and an even 60 assists, so he's basically a point every other game guy.
Nick is a big kid, at 6' 6" and close to 220 pounds. He played a lot of valuable second line center minutes for Florida this season, and brings a good physical element to the lineup. He's definitely not a player who's afraid to create traffic in front of the net or go to those dirty areas for a cheap goal now and again.
I think Nick Bjugstad, who's still just 23 years old, has a great future ahead of him in the NHL. I'll certainly be watching his career progress with interest, and I'm glad I could formulate this small collection of some of his rookie cards. My total bill for all five of these was $8.50, so I clearly didn't have to break the bank on any of them...