Bjorkqvist signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Penguins on Saturday. Bjorkqvist was on the postseason roster with Pittsburgh last season but has yet to make his debut with the big club. He tallied 11 goals and 26 points in 44 games with KooKoo of the Finnish Elite League and has two goals in 11 AHL games over the last two seasons. The Providence product could see some NHL time during the 2021-22 campaign as a bottom-six forward but will likely start out with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Bjorkqvist was promoted from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday. Bjorkqvist started the 2020-21 campaign with Finnish club KooKoo for which he racked up 11 goals and 15 helpers in 44 contests. The 23-year-old saw action in the final five games of the year for the Baby Pens and will now join Pittsburgh as an emergency depth option for the postseason.
Bjorkqvist will spend the entire 2020-21 campaign in Finland with KooKoo. Bjorkstrand was limited to just six games with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton due to a knee injury this season. In three years at Providence College, the 23-year-old winger racked up 60 points in 112 appearances. Unlike most recent loans, Bjorkstrand's stint is not expected to be short term but rather is set to last for the entire 2020-21 campaign.
Bjorkqvist (shoulder) will be in the lineup for Thursday's preseason clash with Columbus. Bjorkqvist was held out of the first preseason game, but will slot into Thursday's matchup after missing the prospect tournament. The winger almost certainly won't make the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus the Sabres on Oct. 3, but could put himself in position to earn a call-up during the 2019-20 campaign with a strong showing. It will be the first taste of professional hockey for the 22-year-old, who spent the past three seasons playing for Providence College and racking up 36 goals and 26 assists in 112 appearances.
Bjorkqvist (shoulder) won't be joining the Penguins' youngsters at the club's prospect tournament, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports. Bjorkqvist is continuing to recover from a shoulder injury suffered at the end of the 2018-19 season, but was able to join the prospect group on the ice prior to the tournament. The winger almost certainly won't make the 23-man roster, but a strong showing in camp would put him on the radar for a potential call-up from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year.
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