Undrafted in NHL (Signed by Columbus Blue Jackets to a 1 year deal)

Undrafted in NEFHL (Signed by Minnesota Wild to a 1 year deal)

Marcus who?

If you’re asking yourself who this is, you are not alone. Did I know who he was before signing him? Nope. I didn’t even know he was called up until I saw he scored a goal. Which actually was in his debut. The first Blue Jackets defenseman to do that and only 7th player in team history overall to score in their first game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PNEsxprFS4

Judging by that shot, he’ll get some games even after players come back from injury in Columbus. He’s also described as a smooth skating and hitting D. He has size at 6’4” 205 lb.

So who is this guy? He’s older at 24 (soon to be 25) years and has played a few seasons in Sweden’s SHL. He found a bit of a groove with Brynas at age 23-24 but the fame and riches of the NHL made him cross the pond. Below are his stats from his draft year up until today.

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What does Bjork have to say?

“I want to earn a spot with the NHL team,” Bjork said. “I’m not going to come here and just look around and be happy. I’m here to compete. It’s going to be hard. It’s good players here, but I’m going to put in a lot of hard work and be ready. ”

Source: https://www.dispatch.com/story/sports/nhl/columbus-blue-jackets/2022/11/19/marcus-bjork-thrilled-to-be-columbus-blue-jackets-rookie-defenseman/69663144007/

He’s making earning a spot look easy so far. In 5 NHL games he has 1G 2A +1 rating and 7 hits and 8 blocked shots. He keeps that up and he’s a full timer. Injuries or not, 5 NHL career games and already averaging ~19min on the blue line playing all situations while holding up nicely is a surprise nobody expected. On game day lines he's listed as a top pairing D. When players come back from injury it looks like he will settle into a #4/5 role. His play would have to really stagnate or drop off to be sent down.

But don’t take it from me. Here’s what the people following the team have to say:

“Who can say what the future holds for Bjork. But as we detailed last week, the mounting injuries on the blue line should give players like Bjork ample opportunity to showcase themselves. In what is almost certainly a lost season, that really is a silver lining. Through two games, Bjork has played a simple, solid game. He's been able to shine a spotlight on his offensive traits, and it's hard to argue with a 6'4" right-handed defenseman who can skate.”

Source: https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-analysis/2022/11/7379/defenseman-marcus-bjork-is-making-a-name-for-himself-for-the-columbus-blue-jackets

After his 3rd career NHL game he had this to say in a post-game interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kECF-gTyaS0

"We're battling hard. We got pucks deep and we started to play a simple game." He already sounds like a veteran NHL player with such a cliche, generic answer.

It looks like he’s already earning himself a contract for next year. Both for the black-and-blue jackets and for the Wild.

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