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Penguins Prospect Bjorkqvist Signs in Finland



Pittsburgh Penguins, Kasper Bjorkqvist

The list of minor-leaguers who could challenge for a spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster in 2022-23 shrank Tuesday.

Winger Kasper Bjorkqvist, their second-round draft choice in 2016, signed a two-year contract with Karpat Oulu in Liiga, Finland’s top league.

He is a native of Espoo, Finland.

Bjorkqvist played in six games with the Penguins in 2021-22, scoring one goal. He appeared in 65 games with their farm team in Wilkes-Barre over the past three seasons, putting up 10 goals and four assists.

Those totals included eight goals and four assists in 54 American Hockey League games during the past season.

In a meeting with reporters following the Penguins’ elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs, GM Ron Hextall cited him as one of the prospects who could contend for a job with the parent club this fall.

Bjorkqvist is 6-1, 198 pounds and played three seasons at Providence College before signing with the Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins can retain his NHL rights by giving Bjorkqvist, who was a restricted free agent, a qualifying offer. There was no immediate word on whether they plan to do so.

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1 month ago

That’s disappointing, but if he doesn’t want to be here, it’s better to make that clear and do what he thinks best for himself. Just opens more competition for other prospects hoping to play in the NHL.

1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Molinari

I believe you are right. He had some good games at the NHL level, and seemed like a good teammate. I suppose the search continues for those younger players whose contributions and affordable contracts make having players like Letang and Malkin possible.

1 month ago

He was always hurt. It seems that he was motivated more in the weight room than on the ice. But I really never saw him play much.

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