The Florida Panthers will be without Nick Bjugstad for at least four weeks due to a broken hand suffered during Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars.
“He’s got a broken hand. Probably four weeks for sure,” coach Gerard Gallant told reporters on Thursday. “It’s an opportunity for somebody.”
Bjugstad, the Panthers third line centre, scored 15 goals and 34 points in 67 games last season.
With Bjugstad sidelined, Jared McCann and 19-year-old Denis Malgin are the front-runners to fill the void.