With the Draft coming up in South Florida, do you have any words of wisdom for the players about to be drafted?
Bjugstad: It was one of the most exciting experiences of my career. When you’re younger, you never really know if you’ll be able to make it to that point. I always watched the draft a little bit when I was younger and never really thought I’d be able to get to that point. Eventually I made it there and it was a surreal experience. My family was super excited for me. It’s nerve wracking for everyone in the building that’s a part of it, with the family and kids about to get drafted. There’s no reason to be nervous. You get to find out the team that you’re going to play for, which is the most exciting part.
If you don’t get picked where you want to get picked because of the rankings, a lot of people put their thoughts into the rankings, it doesn’t matter where you’re drafted. It matters what you do after. You see guys like Tyler Johnson on the Tampa Bay Lightning [who] wasn’t even drafted. It just goes to show you [the Draft] is just a stepping stone in your hockey career.
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