(PHN) — Pittsburgh Penguins first-year-pro Kasper Bjorkqvist will still have his rookie designation next season. The Penguins prospect winger who turned pro this season after three years at Providence College suffered a knee injury at practice this week which required surgery.
He is expected to be out for the rest of the season. WBS Penguins source confirmed the news to PHN.
Bjorkqvist, 22, played six games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and recorded one goal. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound winger scored 36 goals and 62 points in three seasons at Providence for head coach Nate Leahman. PHN previewed Bjorkqvist last summer.
Bjorkqvist played in two Pittsburgh Penguins preseason games and was credited with a pair of assists. He was the Penguins second-round choice in 2016. Bjorkqvist also played for Team Finland at the 2016 and 2017 World Junior Championships. He had two points (1g, 1a) in each tournament.
Kasper Bjorkqvist scored his first AHL goal was part of a four-goal WBS Penguins comeback against the Binghamton Devils on Oct. 16. Bjorkqvist’s first goal is in the video below.