Bjorkstrand will return for the AHL Monsters on Friday after missing the past 18 games with an upper-body injury. Bjorkstrand was Columbus' third-round (89th overall) draft selection in 2013. He has immense offensive talent, amassing 144 goals and 146 assists between three campaigns with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL between 2012-15. Now healthy, Bjorkstrand can continue to develop his game in the minors with hopes of landing an NHL role sooner than later.
Bjorkstrand will miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with an upper-body injury, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. The Blues' top prospects' season will thus be put on hold for at least a month while he recovers from the upper-body ailment. The 20-year-old forward has tallied two assists in six games with AHL Lake Erie this season.
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice and added an assist in Friday's 6-4 preseason win over the Sabres.
Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist in Columbus' 5-2 win over St. Louis in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament on Friday.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, who was behind the bench for Team USA at the world championships, thinks that Oliver Bjorkstrand will push for an NHL roster spot next season, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
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