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RW Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks, WHL (2013, 89th overall, Columbus)

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02-11-2013, 02:39 PM
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Can someone tell me what line Bjork is on for the most part?
When I talked to Bjorkstrand back at the Top Prospects Game (shameless plug: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...-bigger-stage/), he said he played mainly with Chase De Leo and Taylor Leier.

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Watching him right now. Will give some thoughts afterwards.

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When I talked to Bjorkstrand back at the Top Prospects Game (shameless plug: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...-bigger-stage/), he said he played mainly with Chase De Leo and Taylor Leier.
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Watching him right now. Will give some thoughts afterwards.
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When I talked to Bjorkstrand back at the Top Prospects Game (shameless plug: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...-bigger-stage/), he said he played mainly with Chase De Leo and Taylor Leier.
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.

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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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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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02-13-2013, 05:12 AM
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2nd that, but to be fair, the Giants was struggling all night long.



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.
Thank you, very good assesment..

This aligns perfectly with what my opninion of him is

Petan looks like he could be a steal

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02-13-2013, 11:20 PM
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2nd that, but to be fair, the Giants was struggling all night long.
Don Hay on the post game show was saying how that line has 27 points in 3 games against the giants this year. Rattie didn't even do that much in the game but finish.

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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.

Petan is more elusive and explosive and probably has more hockey sense or IQ but Oliver is 5'11" 164lbs and can fill out a bit, Petan is a generous 5'9" 166lbs but man what an extremely good player who doesn't shy away from traffic.

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02-14-2013, 06:49 AM
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Oliver Bjørkstrand has so far 22G 23A in 50 matches......not in a slump but with a little less point production than earlier this season (he is now a bit below a point pr game).

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4 goals and an assist tonight.

As I've said before, I think there's Jensen-esque value to be had here late in the first round.

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4 goals and an assist tonight.

As I've said before, I think there's Jensen-esque value to be had here late in the first round.
Cool, any highlights up yet? Heard his line completely dominated the game.. Leier had 6 points or something..

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Cool, any highlights up yet? Heard his line completely dominated the game.. Leier had 6 points or something..
Highlights are here
http://www.winterhawks.com/video/ind...114717584fb41b
Bjørkstrand moves to back to a point pr game: 27G 26A in 53 matches.

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Another 2 assists for Bjørkstrand makes him over a point pr game!
27G 28A in 54 games.

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Another 2 assists for Bjørkstrand makes him over a point pr game!
27G 28A in 54 games.
I like that he has an almost even Goal to Assist ratio!

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I like that he has an almost even Goal to Assist ratio!
He got 2 points in their last 6-1 win (so a quiet game for him compared to the last).
He is now over a point pr. game
28G 29A in 56 matches (+36 statistics) - just shows how dominant Portland Winterhawks are in the WHL. The first line has even more insane + statistics - Nicolas Petan has +64!

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He got 2 points in their last 6-1 win (so a quiet game for him compared to the last).
He is now over a point pr. game
28G 29A in 56 matches (+36 statistics) - just shows how dominant Portland Winterhawks are in the WHL. The first line has even more insane + statistics - Nicolas Petan has +64!
Well im gonna reserve my exitement for him.. He has the talent, no doubt.. But he lacks size and grit..

It is also hard to evaluate him, as he is playing on a SUPERIOR team as you also say.

Pointwise very close to Jensen, and funny enough Jannik Hansen who also played for the Winterhawks.. he finished with 64 points and was also leading rookie in the WHL

But yeah, let's wait and see where he ends up, and if he will turn into an NHL player.. All I see so far, is a future SEL star or KHL. Not really NHL marerial so far imo.

As for Portland, yeah, they better win the cup !

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After a minor slump Oliver Bjørkstrand is back producing with 29G 31A in 61 games (+39) with 1G 1A in the 5-2 win Sunday.

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After a minor slump Oliver Bjørkstrand is back producing with 29G 31A in 61 games (+39) with 1G 1A in the 5-2 win Sunday.
I was at the game.

He gets open in the middle of the ice a lot. His goal was a quick release one-time snap shot from 15 feet. He probably had 6 or 7 shots on goal that game, but I wasn't impressed with his shot power at all.

His line, though, over shadowed Portland's first line. Bjokstrand had 1-1, Taylor Leier had 4 assists, and De Leo had the hat trick.

Even though Petan didn't hit the score sheet, I still feel he is a significantly better player than Oliver.

Oliver has a good shot at being a late 2nd rounder, but I'm sure lots of teams have him outside the top 60.

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I was at the game.

He gets open in the middle of the ice a lot. His goal was a quick release one-time snap shot from 15 feet. He probably had 6 or 7 shots on goal that game, but I wasn't impressed with his shot power at all.

His line, though, over shadowed Portland's first line. Bjokstrand had 1-1, Taylor Leier had 4 assists, and De Leo had the hat trick.

Even though Petan didn't hit the score sheet, I still feel he is a significantly better player than Oliver.

Oliver has a good shot at being a late 2nd rounder, but I'm sure lots of teams have him outside the top 60.
So his goals are generally based more on shot precision than shot power. He still has the opportunity to grow more muscle to improve his physical aspects being young - so the power could come with time.

But 2-3 rounder seems realistic.

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Björkstrand ends regular season as top scoring Rookie in the WHL.

http://www.whl.ca/stats/show/type/to.../242/subtype/4

63pts in 65 games almost 1 ppg.

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Named as Portland's co-winner for Rookie Of The Year with Seth Jones. I have to imagine some teams like this kid enough to be a 1st rounder. I have him as a top 45 pick, but not quite in the top 30.

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one thing that stands out to me is that he's 165.... does he have a small frame?

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Named as Portland's co-winner for Rookie Of The Year with Seth Jones. I have to imagine some teams like this kid enough to be a 1st rounder. I have him as a top 45 pick, but not quite in the top 30.
Would be great if he did, but I think he'll be lucky to squeeze in to the top 60.

Mainly due too his size.

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one thing that stands out to me is that he's 165.... does he have a small frame?
He is only 5'10. His size is going to scare off alot of teams..

He has the tools, but the way I understood some of the posters, he gets knocked off the puck very easy due to his size.

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In the playoffs for Portland Winterhawks Oliver Bjørkstrand has after a slow beginning started to produce. He is 5G 6A after 8 games.

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He is only 5'10. His size is going to scare off alot of teams..

He has the tools, but the way I understood some of the posters, he gets knocked off the puck very easy due to his size.
You are correct but don't be mistaken, he works hard in the corners. He isn't afraid to go into the corners but it is just that he isn't very effective at it.

So with proper training, he could get better because it isn't like a whole new style of play he has never executed before.

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You are correct but don't be mistaken, he works hard in the corners. He isn't afraid to go into the corners but it is just that he isn't very effective at it.

So with proper training, he could get better because it isn't like a whole new style of play he has never executed before.
Let's hope so..

I don't know too much about his game, and how it might have changed in NA.

But nice to hear

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