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PHN Extra: Bjorkqvist A Strong Penguins Prospect

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA. — Curiously, it almost went unnoticed during the Pittsburgh Penguins development camp last month that prospect Kasper Bjorkqvist sat out most on-ice activities, including the camp-ending three-on-three tournament.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now wanted to know why and asked after the tournament what was up. Bjorkqvist was reticent, indicating it was just a precaution. Scott Young, the team’s director of player development, was only slightly more forthcoming.

“He’s got a minor thing. We wanted to keep him out of contact,” Young said.

While fans and reporters and, it can be assumed, Penguins brass might have liked to see the 6-foot-1, 198-pound Finnish left winger in action against other prospects and hopefuls, the team apparently already is comfortable with the Providence College junior – particularly the attributes that define him as a budding power forward.

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Shelly is the newest columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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