ORIGINAL: Phil Riewer
How is Bjugstad's speed?
His reputation is somebody who skates really well, especially for someone 6'6".
He is great on face offs and has really good puck possession numbers, including the all important zone entry stats.
Here is a scouting report from when the Pens first got him:
Bjugstad has put up incredible puck possession numbers in his career (especially in transition and in one-on-one situations due to his ability to turn on the jets and use his long reach), dabbling in the 77th percentile in controlled zone entries and the 85th percentile in controlled zone exits. He also boasts a lot of potential inside the attacking zone and will likely create even more offense with more talented players around him than in Florida, especially when it comes to shot contributions. His wrist shot is powerful, but he often just hits opposing goalies in the logo rather than picking good spots. It’s likely the Bjugstad has underachieved in Florida, but that a change of scenery could really do him good, as we’ll note later on.
“Bjugstad has pretty good wheels for a big guy,” Litterbox Cats editor Todd Little wrote in an email to us. “And a nasty wrist shot, good at possessing the puck with his big body and long reach. Unfortunately that hard wrist shot ends up in the goalies sweater too often, and while being a pretty big guy, he isn’t nearly as physical as one would like.”
Todd thought Bjugstad, “might be a guy who needs a change of scenery and a more defined role. Personally, I think he makes a better winger, as I think center might be a stretch for him (unless surrounded by high quality linemates). I don’t believe he’s a great passer and might not think the game at a high enough speed.”
That's a pretty awesome synopsis
One of my favorite Gophers of all time, but his game was dominant at that level
The pros have highlighted his lack of quick-twitch speed, his biggest downfall
As much as his size helps him, it hinders his overall play in that regard, imo.
He's basically Staal, with less grit in the drawers
Work like a Captain.
Play like a Pirate.