Bemstrom feels ready to take a step forward in his development after an up and down rookie season, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports. The 21-year-old scored 10 goals and 20 points in 56 games during his first taste of the NHL, but Bemstrom had opportunities that he missed as he's still working on finding the right mix of accuracy and aggression with his shot. "He's got a lethal shot," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. "He's just got to find a way to get it off. I think that's where you saw him fight it last year. He was either getting it off just to get it off, not knowing where it was going, or he wasn't getting it off at all because he was trying to pick a spot. I think he's going to figure out how to blend those two things and hopefully have a lot of success." Bemstrom's coming off a strong offseason that saw him score nine goals and 17 points in 16 games for HIFK in the Finnish Elite League, and while Columbus' forward depth likely relegates him to a bottom-six role this season, skating with a veteran center like Mikko Koivu could help steady Bemstrom's game.
Bemstrom loan agreement with Finnish Elite League club HIFK came to an end Monday. Bemstrom will presumably report back to North America to join the Blue Jackets for the start of training camp. The 21-year-old should be in contention for a bottom-six spot with Columbus after logging 20 points in 56 games as a rookie in 2019-20.
Bemstrom signed with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. Bemstrom will look to begin the 2020-21 season overseas, but his contract does have an NHL out clause to allow him to come back to Columbus. He tallied 10 goals and 20 points in 56 games during his rookie season.
Bemstrom potted a goal on five shots, dished two hits and added two PIM in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Canucks. Bemstrom has found twine in five of the last eight games. The Swedish winger has 10 goals, 10 assists, 97 shots and 52 hits through 56 contests. The rookie is currently in a top-line role -- Bemstrom has some value in deeper fantasy formats.
Bemstrom scored a goal on four shots Tuesday in a 5-4 loss to the Wild. Bemstrom scored early in the third period, giving him goals in back-to-back games. The 20-year-old rookie, a fourth-round pick in 2017, has eight goals -- half of them on the power play -- and 18 points in 51 games.
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