Getting a chance to cover the Anaheim Ducks earlier in the season before coming to The Rat Trick, I got to see Ryan Getzlaf play at his absolute best – which was a treat to see for any hockey fan. His blend of size and skill makes him one of the most difficult matchups in the league.
Watching Getzlaf then and now getting a chance to watch Nick Bjugstad in his first full season I can’t help but pull the comparisons.
The Ducks’ captain is second only to Sidney Crosby in points and is likely to finish second in the MVP voting as well behind the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain but for a span of a month or two – there might not have been a better player in the world than Getzlaf.
Both blessed with imposing size – with Bjugstad standing at 6’6 and Getzlaf 6’4 – both players were drafted 19th overall their draft year and like Getzlaf, Bjugstad has shown that flash of skill to go with his size.
As Bjugstad learns to use both at the same time as Getzlaf can, it won’t just be the size and draft position that they share. They could be two of the best power forwards in the game.
When it comes to big forwards like Getzlaf and Bjugstad, patience is needed to let them perfect their game and a look at Getzlaf’s progression his first four years, you can get an idea what to expect from Bjugstad.
All though the scoreboard didn’t turn out the way Florida wanted too, for the Panthers it isn’t about the present but more so the future and watching Getzlaf’s dominance should excite the fans about the future of Bjugstad even more.
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