RW Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks, WHL (2013, 89th overall, Columbus)
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02-12-2013, 06:57 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Hong Kong
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Watched some of his game yesterday and that's who he was playing with.
Top line of Petan-Leipsic-Rattie was on fire in the game.
2nd that, but to be fair, the Giants was struggling all night long.
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Looking forward to it
Earlier in this thread, I noted that I found his ability to handle the physical struggled. I stand by that opinion once again after this game.
His main two skills is his speed and his shot. He has great acceleration, and his straightforward speed is dangerous. In addition, his shot is accurate and extremely quick. Add these two elements together, and you have a dangerous winger on the rush. He can make any 2-on-2s dangerous offensive situations.
However, the problem is, unlike Nic Petan who can weave his way through traffic, Bjorkstrand isn't as elusive. His straightforward speed is great but isn't the agile skater that can dodge his way through traffic, meaning defenders have an easier time to use their physical play to defend against him compared to Petan.
And when he does come under physical pressure, he is easily pushed off the puck. He doesn't win many battles along the boards or in front of the net. He tries to compensate this with hardwork but is still largely ineffective.
With all that said, I can still see him being picked around 3rd-5th round. Although personally not to impressed with his ability to handle the physical game, offensive upside is hard to find in the 2013 draft later on in the draft. Bjorkstrand is putting up the numbers, has great speed and has a dangerous shot, tools that might make some NHL teams gamble on him.
But in the Petan-Bjorkstrand debate, I have Petan winning for sure. Smaller, but more elusive, can dodge his way out of the physical rigors of hockey, and is a consistent threat almost everytime he has the puck.
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