Bjugstad will represent Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Germany this May, NHL.com reports.
Bjugstad was a disappointment in Florida this season, managing just seven goals, 14 points and a dismal minus-19 rating over 54 games. It was a far cry from his average of just over 38 points per game over the past three campaigns. A broken hand set him back to start the season, and he never seemed to be able to get on track, but he'll get a chance to renew his game in international play. The tournament will go from May 5 to May 28.
Bjugstad only recorded 9:51 of ice time in Friday night's 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers.
It's been a miserable campaign for Bjugstad. He missed 19 games at the start of the season with a broken hand and then another nine early in 2017 due to a groin injury. The skilled sniper has a meager output of nine points (five goals, four assists) over 42 games and is barely getting 13 minutes of average ice time. If that's not bad enough, there's also his minus-20 rating, and it's getting to a point where you should consider cutting bait on Bjugstad in some of the more shallow redraft leagues. With the fantasy playoffs right around the corner, there's no time to wait for the Minnesota native to turn things around.
Bjugstad scored a power-play goal during Friday's loss to Calgary.
Through his past 10 games, Bjugstad has notched four goals, seven points and 21 shots. However, he's only averaged 12:53 of ice time -- albeit with 1:58 on the power play. The hulking pivot owns significant upside, but he isn't receiving enough favorable five-on-five minutes. Additionally, it isn't out of the question to suggest that his annual injury trouble has hindered his offensive development at the highest level. You're best off to leave Bjugstad to deep seasonal leagues and not count on him as anything more than a low-priced flier in daily contests.
Bjugstad found twine twice in a 6-5 overtime win over the Sharks on Wednesday.
Similar to teammate Aleksander Barkov, Bjugstad has been great since returning from injury, posting five points in his last six games. The Minnesota native unfathomably had just two points in 21 contests prior to his groin injury, so perhaps he's finally turning the corner after a horrendous start to the season.
Bjugstad was moved to the team's top scoring line for Tuesday's game against the Senators, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Bjugstad will skate with Jaromir Jagr and Jared McCann on the top unit. He has really struggled, posting just one goal and one assists over his past 22 games. Bjugstad will shift from his natural position of center to left wing, so it's unclear if this move will help or hurt him further. However, playing alongside a talented veteran playmaker like Jagr cannot hurt.