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Bjork Enters Critical Year

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Over the years, Anders Bjork has been a frustrating name for Bruins fans. The Notre Dame product was chosen by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft –– coming to Boston with high hopes.

So far Bjork has yet to live up to expectations, as he has battled seemingly never-ending injuries. After being a star in college, he has yet to earn a permanent spot in the lineup. With other Bruins prospects rising through the system, Bjork is about to enter a critical part of his career.

Bjork got his first taste of NHL action in 2017-2018 and appeared in 30 games. The Wisconsin native got off to a solid start as he had 12 points. His season was unfortunately cut short due to shoulder surgery that kept him out throughout the postseason. Despite the disappointing ending, the former prospect was expected to play a key role in the Bruins top-six last year.

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Unfortunately for Bjork, his sophomore year did not go as planned. The young winger began the year in the NHL but recorded only three points in 20 games. As the Bruins offense struggled, Bjork was sent to Providence to rediscover his game. The move proved to be beneficial as in 13 games he had 10 points. Just as Bjork he regained his form he fell awkwardly on his shoulder which required another season-ending surgery.

Although Bjork has little left to Prove in Providence it is where he will most likely start next season. The Wisconsin native will get a chance to earn a spot with the Bruins in training camp but will have competition. Before he can return to Boston he must prove that he is healthy. The former top prospect has yet to play a full season in the AHL or NHL.

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With the start of the regular season only weeks away, Bjork’s career is at a crossroads. He has shown promise at the NHL, but could benefit from more time in Providence. As he has struggled, however prospects such as Karson Kuhlman have made an impact in Boston. The Bruins also have Trent Frederic and Jack Studnicka who will be looking to earn a spot.

Due to the Bruins prospect depth, starting Bjork in Providence may be their best move. Although he has found some success with the Bruins, it has only come in flashes. Bjork must prove that he can produce consistently and not fade into the background. If he can do that, then the Notre Dame product may get another chance in the NHL and show the tools that made him such a valued prospect.

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