Photo: Nick Bjugstad was a key contributor to the Minnesota Gophers this season. In 40 games, Bjugstad had 25 goals and 17 assists. (Photo courtesy of
Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)
Minnesota sophomore Nick Bjugstad (FLA) has been a key cog in the success of the Minnesota Golden Gophers this season. He currently leads the team with 25 goals and ranks on the team with 42 points, centering one of the nation's most dynamic lines that includes fellow Florida Panthers prospect Kyle Rau and redshirted sophomore Zach Budish (NSH).
The 99-00 season didn’t offer a lot of roster spots to Panthers prospects and rookies because during the 1998-99 season the Panthers had 4 rookies play
complete seasons (Parrish, Worrell, Spacek, and Kvasha), and they all earned full-time roster spots that year. In addition, this
year saw the surprising resurrection of Cam Stewart, and the signing of veteran Ray Sheppard for a bargain basement price.
Add all of these factors together, combined with the AHL Louisville Panthers needing a full roster of prospects, and it didn’t give much chance for a
young player to earn a spot on the big club and make a noticeable contribution, ala Scott Gomez, Maxim Afigenenov, Brad
Stuart, or Michael York.
Hockeysfuture.com is proud to introduce our newest Editor for the Panthers page, Mark Fischel. He will be a great asset to hockeysfuture.com with his knowledge of the game and scouting reports of all Panthers prospects.
With the new addition to our writing staff comes all new rankings. Some Panthers prospects had a great season and boosted their stock, while some other prospects had horrible seasons, and look like they may never make the big time now. Dwayne Hay, Filip Kuba, and Dwayne Hay were all dealt at the NHL trade deadline, while Kristian Huselius and Dwayne Duerden have had the breakout years expected of them.