The United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. produces high end hockey talent every single year. This year was especially deep as first-rounders Sonny Milano, Dylan Larkin and Alex Tuch were joined by projected 2015 top-2 pick Jack Eichel. But while team depth is great it hindered the chance for other players to showcase their skills. One of those players was Boston Bruins fifth-round pick Anders Bjork who will be at the University of Notre Dame next season.
Bjork’s skill level is unquestioned as he was a dominant offensive force for the Chicago Mission bantam and midget teams before heading to Ann Arbor. With the U.S. team, Bjork took on more of a two-way role as the aforementioned offensive threats took much of the top-six minutes. By playing a reduced role, Bjork saw less offensive time but gained much-needed experience in other aspects of the game that will serve him well down the line.
At the Bruins’ Development Camp, Bjork’s skills were apparent right away as he showcased an amount of raw skill that could make him an intriguing player at ND and in the Bruins system for years to come. He is far from a finished product, but if his amazing shot and deft playmaking skills displayed at Development Camp are any indications he could be the steal of the draft.
With the Bruins’ organization going more towards skill players than ever before, look for Bjork to be at the forefront of this change. It’s not like a team based in the Boston hasn’t experienced success with a player who was underutilized in Ann Arbor before (See: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ three Super Bowl rings).
Check out some highlights of Bjork at Bruins’ Development Camp: