Oliver Bjorkstrand – Columbus Prospect

Zach Hopkins



The fantasy hockey potential of Blue Jackets’ prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand…



As with my last edition of The Journey, I have taken to the fan forums and social media to see what prospect(s) are being discussed and who would make a good topic for this column. The feedback I received this week was incredible. I read each response and threw everyone into a hat and this week's selection is Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand via The Comish and Oakville Squires. Of note, it was also requested to touch on three other Columbus prospects: Alexander Wennberg, Marko Dano and Kirby Rychel. I love the suggestion so I will be doing the April 11th edition on this one. It was also suggested to touch on Anthony Stolarz and Ryan Pulock. To read previous editions of The Journey that touched on these players, click on the following links: (Stolarz, Pulock). I will attempt to highlight all of the other prospects requested in future editions as well.

In 2013, the Columbus Blue Jackets had five selections in the first three rounds, three of which were in the first round. By the time the 89th overall selection was up, fans and analysts in New Jersey had to have been getting tired of the Columbus constituency taking over the podium once again to select to select forward Oliver Bjorkstrand from the WHL. In this edition of The Journey, I will focus on what both the Columbus organization and fantasy owners can expect out of the enigmatic youngster.


OLIVER BJORKSTRAND– Third round (89th overall) selection of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Draft

The Denmark native is listed as 5-11 and a little over 160 pounds, both of which seem a little generous in my book. As a teenager, he played for his hometown club, switching between the Herning U17 and U20 teams. His offensive prowess was immediately noted as he ended up scoring 70 points in just 29 games for the U17 club and added 19 points in 11 games while playing for the U20 team. The immediate take-away early on was that he was a natural goal scorer who put himself in position to bury the puck any chance he got. As he progressed to the next level, his knack for showing up on the score sheet remained the same. He played in a handful of games for Herning's second team as well as playing in Denmark's Premier League (Al-Bank Ligaen) for which h