Oliver Bjorkstrand
Oliver Bjorkstrand
24-Year-Old Right WingRW
Columbus Blue Jackets
Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 4/18/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bjorkstrand more than doubled his career goal total with 23 in 77 games last year, but his 36 points were a disappointment after he hit 40 the year before. The slick winger has a great shot and a nose for open ice in the attacking zone, but he needs someone to set him up to maximize his skillset, and Columbus isn't deep with centers that feature the kind of passing skills that mesh well with Bjorkstrand. The 24-year-old will head into camp looking to establish himself on one of the top two lines, but even in a more significant role he could struggle to break out. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Blue Jackets in July of 2018.
Out for rest of season
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
Ankle
February 21, 2020
Bjorkstrand suffered a fractured ankle in Thursday's loss to the Flyers and will be out for 8-10 weeks, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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The injury is similar to the one Seth Jones sustained earlier this season. Bjorkstrand will miss the rest of the regular season as a result, and even if the Jackets make the playoffs, the projected timetable for his recovery wouldn't have him available for the first round at the very least. The 24-year-old winger, who's undoubtedly headed for injured reserve, will finish up the regular-season campaign with 21 goals and 36 points in 49 games.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:56
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:29
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 23-year-old's first full season in the NHL was something of a mixed bag, but for the most part Bjorkstrand was a reliable contributor for the Blue Jackets, scoring 11 goals and 40 points while handling a regular role on the second power-play unit. Much like teammate Cam Atkinson, Bjorkstrand makes up for his lack of size with a knack for finding open ice, which he combines with a sniper's eye and a quick trigger. His immediate fortunes depend a great deal on what happens with Artemi Panarin. If Panarin remains in Columbus, Bjorkstrand will likely remain in a depth role, but if Panarin is traded a spot in the top six could open up, giving the Dane a chance to blossom.
A poor showing in training camp forced Bjorkstrand to spend the early part of the season back in the AHL, but the winger quickly proved he was ready for the big leagues and scored six goals and 10 points in 15 games after his recall in February. Possessing a nose for open ice and a lethal shot, the 22-year-old has the talent to develop into a consistent 25-goal threat if he gets a chance at a top-six role, but the Blue Jackets’ crowded wing situation could keep Bjorkstrand further down on the depth chart in 2017-18. For now, he'll focus on improving his all-around game and staying in the lineup for a full campaign, but even on a checking line he could prove to be a handful for the opposition.
Bjorkstrand had a huge season for the Portland Winterhawks (50 goals and 109 points in 69 games) skating alongside Jets prospect Nicolas Petan, but Bjorkstrand’s small stature means he will need to keep getting stronger and prove himself on every rung of the ladder before he'll get a shot at the NHL. The offensive talent and hockey sense are there for him to make an impact down the road.
Undersized prospect Bjorkstrand has the offensive talent and two-way game to someday make the NHL, but he's a long way away.
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Suffers injury scare
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Undisclosed
February 20, 2020
Bjorkstrand (undisclosed) left Thursday's loss to the Flyers in the third period and didn't return, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Only offense in loss
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
February 18, 2020
Bjorkstrand scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Flyers.
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Finds twine again
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
February 14, 2020
Bjorkstrand scored the Blue Jackets' only goal in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.
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Provides helper in win
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
February 2, 2020
Bjorkstrand notched an assist, three hits, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Canadiens.
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Stays hot with two more goals
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
January 22, 2020
Bjorkstrand netted a pair of goals and went plus-3 in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Jets.
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