He didn't have a huge impact in the game but his skill set is pretty good and his skating and not being a perimeter player is good for his case.
He is very slight but at least has the height to gain weight and strength and not lose that speed.
Portland had a couple of other young small speedsters that were quite impressive, Nicolas Petan (13 draft) and Chase De Leo (14 draft) that could also be 1st round guys IMO.
Not sure about first round, but I definitely like Petan the most (after Jones obviously). Wow, he was slippery, elusive, had a great touch with the puck, wasn't physical but didn't need to be cause he was so sneaky. Not to mention those quick first steps of his, gives him the potential to be an intercepting weapon.
Again, only one game, I'll see Portland again later in the season, but wasn't extremely impressed with Bjorkstrand. A good offensive prospect but not a guy I would spend a high pick on.
Bjørkstrand has reached a point pr. game statistics with 11G 9A after 20 matches. If he continues his current form then he keeps production equal to Nicklas Jensen for the same age.
Hopefully he will keep growing and gain some bulk, but its hard to know at that age. Anything can happen.
Great article. Although there a few factual errors. Jensen played for Oshawa Generals, not Kitchener Rangers. The only Dane to play for that team is Mikkel Bødker as far as I know. And Jensen is 200 lbs according to the AIK website, which should be the one most up to date. But those are merely small points, and as said it's a great article. It's nice to hear the words come from Bjorkstrand himself.
It's nice to hear the words come from Bjorkstrand himself.
Definitely. What I found really interesting was the thing regarding who made the decision to go to NA. Remember, first Todd Björkstrand made it clear that he wasn't going anywhere, and that he would play for Herning next season also.
Now we know that it was indeed the first priority from Todd, but he led Oliver make the decision. Todd is a cool guy. Tough, but cool.
How Bjørkstrand is prospect-rated currently:
Here is the "CSS Preliminary 2013 North American Rankings" from nhl.com that list Oliver Bjørkstrand as 11'th in WHL (4'th best forward and best RW). http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=84930