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06-21-2012, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Provost View Post
He is fairly low down the totem on their prospect list... not one of their very top guys. There are only so many roster spaces open for rookies on a team that intends to make the playoffs regularly while becoming a real contender. Bjugstad hasn't even signed a contract with the Panthers yet.

Huberdeau is their top centre prospect
Drew Shore is probably closer than Bjugstad to make the roster as a 3rd line centre

He is a great prospect, but he is in a pool of remarkable prospects. The Panthers probably have 4 guys who are better than anything in the Canucks or Leafs systems. They can afford to move out a prospect especially if it isn't Huberdeau; Gudbranson; Marksstrom or Howden.

Many sources do believe that they want to upgrade their goaltending as well... so it isn't just folks shooting in the dark. Markstsrom is a few years away from being a starter and there are risks around his health (knees).
I am no expert on the Panthers. Not even close.
But every time there has been a proposal for Bjugstad on these boards their fans have shot it down. Including when his name was brought up for Luongo a few threads ago. They seem to be higher on him than they are on Howden.

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