Anders Bjork-Center/Left Wing, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Bjork is tearing up the college hockey ranks this season. Through 21 games the Wisconsin native has 14 goals and 33 points, landing him in the NCAA’s top-five scorers. He has built upon his game nicely after averaging a point per game for the Fighting Irish last season, becoming an all-situations player.
Anders Bjork will likely be next year’s Danton Heinen; the similarities are plentiful. Both are gifted playmakers with a phenomenal Hockey IQ. They both possess great speed, and the ability to make plays at that speed. They were drafted 30 picks apart in the middle rounds of the 2014 Draft. Bjork (5’11”, 183 pounds) could also stand to add some bulk to withstand the NHL’s physicality and consistently win battles along the boards (one of Heinen’s downfalls this year). And Bjork (like Heinen) is likely to be on the fringe of Boston’s roster next season, but just a touch too ripe.