The Oilers have acquired Nick Bjugstad from the Coyotes
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By Cam Lewis25 days ago
Ken Holland continues to make moves.
According to Frank Seravalli, the Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Nick Bjugstad from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for the team’s third-round pick in this summer’s draft and defenceman Michael Kesselring…
Bjugstad was selected by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2010 draft and broke into the league in 2013-14 with 16 goals and 38 points in his rookie season. He was a mainstay in the Panthers’ top nine forward group throughout most of the 2010s, setting a career-high in goals with 24 in 2014-15 and points with 49 in 2017-18.
Bjugstad was moved in a multi-player deal to the Pittsburgh Penguins in February of 2019 and he’s been bouncing around the league since. He scored just 16 points with the Penguins over 45 games and got dealt to the Minnesota Wild, where he put up 30 points in 101 games over two seasons.
The Coyotes inked Bjugstad to a one-year, show-me deal worth $900k last summer and he’s made the most of the opportunity. Through 59 games this season, Bjugstad has 13 goals and 23 points, his highest point total since the 2018-19 season split between Florida and Pittsburgh.
Bjugstad, a right-handed shot listed at 6’6, gives the Oilers some much-needed depth on the right side of their forward group, which currently only features Zach Hyman, Derek Ryan, and the possibly injured Kailer Yamamoto. He can play both centre and wing and has a 48.9 faceoff percentage for his career, though it’s somewhat low this season at 47.2 percent.
Heading back to Arizona is prospect Michael Kesselring, Edmonton’s sixth-round pick from the 2018 draft. The 23-year-old defender is putting together a strong season on the blueline for the Bakersfield Condors, with 13 goals and 22 points over the course of 49 games.
Elliotte Friedman has also reported that the Oilers will be getting left-handed defenceman Cam Dineen in the deal. Dineen was the Coyotes’ third-round pick in the 2016 draft. He has 35 points over 50 games this season for their AHL affiliate and has 34 games of NHL experience.
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