One of the only bright spots for this Florida Panthers team in 2013 has been some of the young talent they’ve been able to see perform at a high level this season, most notably Jonathan Huberdeau. They’ll get another glimpse of their future after a top prospect was signed to an entry-level deal on Wednesday.
Though the Panthers didn’t make any significant moves as far as the trade circuit is concerned, signing Nick Bjugstad is certainly something that should grab the attention of folks across the league. He’s one of the game’s top prospects coming out of the University of Minnesota.
The three-year entry-level deal for Bjugstad wouldn’t start if he finished the season with the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL, but all indications are that he’ll play with the Panthers at some point in the very near future.
Bjugstad is coming off of a 21-goal season with the Golden Gophers and an appearance on the international stage after playing with the United States at World Juniors.
As far as what to expect from Bjugstad, he’s an extremely skilled player. He brings tremendous size to the table, standing 6’6″ and hovering around 220. He’s excellent on the forecheck and uses his size effectively in bringing a strong two-way game to the equation. He’s no. 1 or two center for this team for the future.
Now it’s just a matter of the waiting game. Bjugstad is physically capable of stepping into the lineup for the Panthers at any moment. It should only be a matter of time before we see him step into the lineup for the Cats.