A third-round pick (No. 89) by the Blue Jackets at the 2013 NHL Draft, Bjorkstrand scored 144 goals over three seasons for Portland of the Western Hockey League and signed a three-year contract with the Blue Jackets on Dec. 26, 2013.
Two days after his NHL debut, Bjorkstrand scored his first and second NHL goals against the New Jersey Devils on March 19, 2016. After the Blue Jackets finished their season, Bjorkstrand was sent to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League and scored in overtime of Game 4 to complete a sweep of Hershey in the Calder Cup Finals. He was named the most valuable player of the AHL playoffs with 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in 17 games.