Bjork, who turned in a strong effort at the 2019 Prospects Challenge, is healthy heading into training camp, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports. "He's ready to go," Sweeney said of the young forward, who is bouncing back from shoulder surgery. "His weight's fully returned. His strength's fully returned." Shoulder injuries have derailed each of Bjork's first two pro campaigns, but he has the speed and skill to push for a top six role with the Bruins, if he can stay healthy. With an ability to play either wing, the 22-year-old could emerge as a fantasy sleeper if he's able to maintain the positive momentum he's built. Over the course of 50 NHL games, Bjork has recorded a modest total of five goals and 15 points, but he has plenty of untapped potential and this could be the year the Notre Dame product parlays that into a regular job with the big club.
Bjork drew praise from GM Don Sweeney on Monday, who told Bruins beat writer Mark Divver "Anders had two strong games" and "was pretty noticeable." Bjork has been hampered by shoulder injuries in each of the past two campaigns, but he appears to be fully healthy heading into 2019-20, and will be in the running for a spot on the Bruins' Opening Night roster during training camp. If he's able to crack the roster, Bjork could see top-six minutes with the big club, which would make him a player worth monitoring during the first few weeks of the campaign as a potential waiver pickup.
Bjork (shoulder) will take part in the Bruins' prospect tournament, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports. Bjork has struggled with shoulder injuries that past two seasons, which has prevented him from becoming a full-time NHL player. The 23-year-old managed 20 games for Boston last season in which he tallied one goal, two assists and 18 shots while averaging 11:48 of ice time. If he can prove his injury woes are behind thim, the Wisconsin native has a chance at a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night against the Stars on Oct. 3.
Bjork has progressed well since undergoing shoulder surgery in January, Eric Russo of the Bruins' official site reports. "Anders is doing really well from a recovery standpoint, had his shoulder, the same shoulder, done again, but has taken the necessary time,"GM Don Sweeney noted Monday of the young forward, who has been slowed by shoulder injuries over the past two seasons. Sweeney added that the 22-year-old will be "full bore" when training camp rolls around, meaning that health won't be an impediment with regard to Bjork's quest to open up the 2019-20 season with the big club. The 2014 fifth-rounder saw action in 20 games with the Bruins last season, logging a goal and three points. He fared better at the AHL level, with 10 points in 13 contests for Providence, and if he's truly past his shoulder woes, Bjork -- who brings skating speed and quick hands to the table -- can make a run at a top-six role with Boston.
The surgery that will sideline Bjork for 5-to-6 months addressed an issue in the same (left) shoulder that he had a season-ending procedure on last February, Matt Porter of the Boston Globe reports. It's a tough break for one of the Bruins' top forward prospects, but hopefully what the team calls a "successful" procedure allows the 22-year-old to approach next season healthy enough to make a run for a full-time roster spot with the big club. The 2014 fifth-rounder has five goals and 15 points to his credit in 50 NHL games over the last two seasons, not eye-popping numbers, but the Notre Dame product has flashed potential at times, notably displaying swift skating ability and strong puck skills.
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