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08-05-2010, 03:52 PM
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Nick Bjustad Drawing Raves @ US WJC Camp

http://www.usatoday.com/community/pr...199720956b03f0

The word I'm receiving from USA's World Junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid is that the play of young centers Brock Nelson, Nick Bjugstad and Charlie Coyle has been the talk of the camp.
All three players were first round NHL draft picks last month, and all three players have size.and speed. Bjugstad was picked 19th by Florida. While Coyle went to the San Jose Sharks and Nelson was chosen by the New York Islanders. Bjugstad is 6-4. Brock is 6-3 and Coyle is 6-2.
"They are very involved in the play," said USA Hockey's assistant executive director Jim Johannson said. "They all appear to be solid all-around players."
The Americans will defend their World Championship in Buffalo over the Christmas holiday, and they will have a veteran team, particularly on defense and in net with Dallas draft pick Jack Campbell. The Americans also have speed and experience on the wing.

"If the three centerman are the real deal, and they have been so far, we should have a formidable group," Johannson said.
You can follow events and games at the U.S. training camp:

US beat Finland 6-3 http://www.usahockey.com/Template_Us...1_06&ID=290452

Bjustad with 2 goals. Donskoi had an assists for Finland

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Five years from now he could be on our roster!!!

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Five years from now he could be on our roster!!!
I think he'll wear a Panthers sweater before that. I say 3yrs, 4yrs at the latest.

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The word I'm receiving from USA's World Junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid is that the play of young centers Brock Nelson, Nick Bjugstad and Charlie Coyle has been the talk of the camp.
All three players were first round NHL draft picks last month, and all three players have size.and speed. Bjugstad was picked 19th by Florida. While Coyle went to the San Jose Sharks and Nelson was chosen by the New York Islanders. Bjugstad is 6-4. Brock is 6-3 and Coyle is 6-2.
"They are very involved in the play," said USA Hockey's assistant executive director Jim Johannson said. "They all appear to be solid all-around players."
The Americans will defend their World Championship in Buffalo over the Christmas holiday, and they will have a veteran team, particularly on defense and in net with Dallas draft pick Jack Campbell. The Americans also have speed and experience on the wing.

"If the three centerman are the real deal, and they have been so far, we should have a formidable group," Johannson said.
You can follow events and games at the U.S. training camp:

US beat Finland 6-3 http://www.usahockey.com/Template_Us...1_06&ID=290452

Bjustad with 2 goals. Donskoi had an assists for Finland
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Good to hear!
Very good to here. Finally someone who could really turn out to be a game changing player! I liked the fact that Bjustad is the taller of the 3 players mentioned!

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I think he'll wear a Panthers sweater before that. I say 3yrs, 4yrs at the latest.
I'm thinking he goes the whole four year college route.

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I'm thinking he goes the whole four year college route.
Highly doubt that...

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If he plays 4 years in college we're ****** cause he's a UFA, right? Or an RFA or something..whatever blake wheeler was..

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If he plays 4 years in college we're ****** cause he's a UFA, right? Or an RFA or something..whatever blake wheeler was..
I think we'd still hold his rights? If he's in college, he won't be able to sign an ELC.

Regardless, it's great to see him doing well. Not to put too much pressure on him, but if he could be that big center we've needed for several years now, it would really make the team a lot better.

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I'm thinking he goes the whole four year college route.
Very rare for high level prospects. I'd say 2-3 years in college.

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If he plays 4 years in college we're ****** cause he's a UFA, right? Or an RFA or something..whatever blake wheeler was..
He can become a UFA if we don't sign him, we would then get compensation (2nd rounder, 19th overall). Its the same for all prospects really, Guds could refuse to sign and reenter the draft after 2 seasons. Guys like Wheeler or Umberger are rare, most will sign with who drafted them.

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Very rare for high level prospects. I'd say 2-3 years in college.
Agreed...based on what Joe Colborne did (who was also a mid 1st rounder), I would expect 2 yrs in college before turning pro and spending a season in the AHL. I dont think he'll be doing quite as well as a freshman in college but by his sophomore season, you'll see him come into his own.

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Big Nick leads all players at camp with 6 goals in the 5 games, 1 each vs. Sweden and Finland and then 3 intrasquad games. And he also has an assist. Bjugstad and Kyle Palmieri both lead with 7 pts.

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There's a news story attached of consequence - this one can stay in its own thread.

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Glad to hear Nick doing well!

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