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Anders Bjork’s standout year at Notre Dame propels him to #6

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Notre Dame’s Junior phenom played his tail off in the Irish’s swansong in Hockey East. Will he play in the NHL next year?

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#6 - Anders Bjork - F

Where did he come from?: 2014 Draft, 5th round, 146th Overall

Has he played in the NHL?: No

If you’ll excuse me I need to say something regarding Notre Dame not winning Hockey East and getting jobbed out by the eventual champion.

AH HA HA HA HA HA GET REKT, NOTRE DAME. HAVE FUN GETTING THE BOOTS PUT TO YOU BY BIG TEN TEAMS.

Thank you.

A big part of how Notre Dame even got to the Hockey East tournament came from one Anders Bjork, the best player on their team by a long shot. A ten point long shot. And the team benefitted from him greatly, being in the top 10 of points per game in college hockey as a sport last year, not just in the top 10 of hockey east.

How’d he do it? Well...he was just kind of good at everything: Getting points, fooling defenses, finding avenues to score, getting back on defense, penalty killing, playing in the thick of defenders, cutting through defenders...

It was probably harder to find things Bjork wasn’t good at while playing in South Bend. His dominance at this level certainly gives the impression that he could end up being a real intriguing prospect at wing for Boston in the not-too-distant future.

It helps that in development camp he was a standout, and has certainly built plenty of hype around himself.

But of course, preseason is the place he’ll get to show if he’s NHL ready.

What does the future for Bjork look like?:

Bjork played on the Right Wing for Notre Dame, and as we’ve hammered into the ground, the RW depth for “in-betweeners” or players looking to get promoted looks like this:

  • Bjork
  • Agostino
  • Senyshyn
  • Cehlarik
  • Blidh

There is currently one spot open at Right wing: On the third line. He’s gonna have a lot of work to do if he wants that spot. The left wing meanwhile, is a much more flexible place for him, only having players like Cehlarik, Kuraly, and Debrusk to play against for spots. Bjork’s strong camp will definitely have eyes on him to see if he can fill those spots.

For the future, with his raw skill and ability he could quite easily end up a solid middle six option!

He just has to prove it.