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Anderson Patrick Bjork is an American professional ice hockey left winger for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. Bjork was selected 146th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Wikipedia

Born: August 5, 1996 (age 24 years), Mequon, WI

 

I hate that he's coming from the Bruins and I know people aren't happy with the trade but it's time to get to know the new guy.

Does anyone know him as a player? Looks like he played in the USHL and then went to Notre Dame for two years. 

He's got 39 points in 138 games including 16 goals. 

 

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15 minutes ago, nfreeman said:

 

Bjork, by the way, is fast, turns 25 this summer, played 3 years at Notre Dame, a very good NCAA program, and was very productive, a 2nd team all-American and a hobey baker award finalist.

Maybe this one will cash in.  In the meantime as noted upthread he comes from a winning organization.  

 

5 minutes ago, nfreeman said:

A bit more on Bjork:  he’s 6’0”, 198, he had 52 pts in 39 games as a junior at ND, then turned pro.  It looks like he missed about half of each of his 1st 2 pro seasons with injuries — he played 39 total NHL/AHL games in his 1st year and 33 in his 2nd, before playing 65 last year.  He’s played in 30 out of Boston’s 39 games this year.  

 

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LOL. It's Evan Rodrigues all over again.

I shoulda saw it coming.

(To be clear, I have no more insight into Bjork than any other 4th liner I've read about occasionally)

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He’s missed quite a bit of time with injuries but when healthy has pretty consistently played 12ish min per game for an upper echelon team.  He has more upside than Lazar.

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Not the same player, but I just kind of get a Tage vibe.... the hated return on a trade but has potential upside.  He's a lottery ticket, but one with a better chance of hitting than a 3rd rounder, and closer to hitting if it's going to happen.

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Just for comparisons sake since most people including myself like Lazar and wish he wasn't traded.

Bjork and Lazar are the same size. Bjork is 24, Lazar two years older at 26. 

33 games 5g 4a 9pts for Lazar this year 

317 games 25g 45a 70 pts career 

30 games 2g 3a 5 pts for Bjork this year

138 games 16g 23a 39pts career 

 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

LOL,  maybe he just isn't good?

I admit I don't know if the guy is any good or not but...Friendly wager?

Pick the others avatar for a week? 

I'll bet Bjork scores atleast 20 points next year if he stays with Buffalo. 

 

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2 minutes ago, Norcal said:

I admit I don't know if the guy is any good or not but...Friendly wager?

Pick the others avatar for a week? 

I'll bet Bjork scores atleast 20 points next year if he stays with Buffalo. 

 

I'll take that bet.  

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Bjork is fast and has some skill but maybe the E-Rod comparison isn't totally off. Bruins had him up and down the line up but he never really found a permanent spot anywhere. Can kill penalties fairly well but soft by Bruin standards. 

If our future style is going to be this offense first thing Granato is doing he will fit right in well with Mitts and Thompson, Asplund and the other skating forwards we have. 

I'd say he is an okay add as he's better than some of what we have now but I wouldn't expect too much. 

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9 minutes ago, PerreaultForever said:

Bjork is fast and has some skill but maybe the E-Rod comparison isn't totally off. Bruins had him up and down the line up but he never really found a permanent spot anywhere. Can kill penalties fairly well but soft by Bruin standards. 

If our future style is going to be this offense first thing Granato is doing he will fit right in well with Mitts and Thompson, Asplund and the other skating forwards we have. 

I'd say he is an okay add as he's better than some of what we have now but I wouldn't expect too much. 

He isn't even good enough to break into our projected forward group for next season.  At best he's the 13th forward for 2021-22. Why acquire him?

Skinner Eichel Reinhart

Asplund Mitts Thompson

R2 Cozens Olofsson

Girgensons Eakin KO

Bjork

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Just now, GASabresIUFAN said:

He isn't even good enough to break into our projected forward group for next season.  At best he's the 13th forward for 2021-22. Why acquire him?

Skinner Eichel Reinhart

Asplund Mitts Thompson

R2 Cozens Olofsson

Girgensons Eakin KO

Bjork

First you're assuming all those guys are back next year which I doubt. 

Obviously Skinner is a fixture because of contract but I think you might be surprised. I think he might be better than Asplund or R2. or just as good at least. 

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7 hours ago, Norcal said:

The first video above contains a clue as to why the Sabres may have traded for Bjork. 

We traded for Bjork because our "interim" head coach knows and wanted him. 

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4 minutes ago, PromoTheRobot said:

So how much quarantine do he and Caggiula have before joining the Sabres?

I'd assume 7 days. 

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6 hours ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

He isn't even good enough to break into our projected forward group for next season.  At best he's the 13th forward for 2021-22. Why acquire him?

Skinner Eichel Reinhart

Asplund Mitts Thompson

R2 Cozens Olofsson

Girgensons Eakin KO

Bjork

First, there are injuries....second, he's already better than Eakin.

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31 minutes ago, Carmel Corn said:

First, there are injuries....second, he's already better than Eakin.

He doesn’t play center.  Lazar did however. We just downgraded center and added nothing at LW. Yeah.  You go KA.

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28 minutes ago, GASabresIUFAN said:

He doesn’t play center.  Lazar did however. We just downgraded center and added nothing at LW. Yeah.  You go KA.

For the record this FA class couldn’t get any deeper in respects to LW. We will have plenty of opportunities to overpay for one again. 

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