2006-07: Bjorklund joined up with Varmland to compete in the elite TV-Pucken contest, netting three goals and as many assists in five games. He also skated with Farjestad U18 (U18 Allsvenskan), tallying 13 goals and 25 points in 14 games (the squad placed first). He also competed with the Swedish National U17 and U18 teams. In six games as the WJC-18, the forward failed to net any goals but he went home with a Bronze Medal.
2007-08: The forward was all over the Swedish hockey circuit this season, seeing time with several different clubs. In 15 games with Farkestad U18 (U18 Elit), he netted a career-high 20 goals and 33 points, adding another 11 goals and 26 points in 14 games with Farjestad U18 (U18 Allsvenskan). He won several awards in the U18 Allsvenskan-South league this season, including Most Points (26), Most Assists (15), and Best Plus/Minus (+22). He competed with Skare BK (D-1), where he tallied 11 points (7g+4a) in 17 games. He was also a member of the winning World Cup (Ivan Hlinka Memorial) team. He tallied another two goals and four assists at the WJC-18 with the Swedish National U18 squad.
2008-09: Bjorklund spent the majority of the season with Skare BK (D-1), netting a career-high 21 goals and 35 points (Most Points by U20 Junior)in 38 games, another personal best for the Swede. He again skated with the Swedish National U19 Team, registering two assists in eight games of international hockey. Expect to see him with Farjestad (Elitserien) for the 2009-10 season.
A very capable goal scorer. Björklund has good size, is strong and aggressive. He has a nice release that he likes to use often. Not a terrific skater, but still very hard to steal the puck from when he reaches full speed. A reliable scorer throughout his junior career.
Good hands but Bjorklund may be another long-term project.
Photos: Goaltender Joni Ortio, a sixth round selection in 2009, represented Finland in the Euro Hockey Tour (pictured) and IIHF Men’s World Championships in 2013 (courtesy of RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)
The summer of 2009 marked the beginning of the end to the Sutter era in Calgary. Then Flames GM Darryl Sutter had a veteran team that was running out of time to return to the Stanley Cup Finals as they did in 2004.