Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Bjugstad
Right-winger Scott Bjugstad was an NHL journeyman who enjoyed one exceptional season. His goal scoring proficiency was more evident in college and the minors but he did manage to play more than 300 big league contests for three different clubs.

The St. Paul native was a solid performer at the University of Minnesota for four seasons. The Minnesota North Stars claimed him 181st overall after his freshman year in 1981. Later, he registered consecutive 20-goal seasons as a junior and senior. In 1983-84, the young forward joined the U.S. national team and potted 31 goals in 54 exhibition contests. Bjugstad took part in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and notched three goals in six games as the Americans disappointed with a seventh place finish.

Bjugstad played his first full NHL season in 1984-85. He scored eleven goals but struggled defensively and posted a -21 plus/minus rating. The next year he exceeded the Stars' hope for improvement by registering 43 goals. This output proved to be an aberration as his production dropped to four goals the next year and ten the next. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-88 but produced only three goals in 24 matches.

After signing as a free agent with the L.A. Kings, Bjugstad was a role player for three years with only five goals in 64 games. He retired in 1993 after splitting the season between the IHL's Phoenix Roadrunners and Houston Aeros


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Irondale Knights High-MN
1979-80 University of Minnesota WCHA 18 2 2 4 2
1980-81 University of Minnesota WCHA 35 12 13 25 34
1981-82 University of Minnesota WCHA 36 29 14 43 24
1982-83 University of Minnesota WCHA 44 43 48 91 30
1983-84 United States Nat-Tm 54 31 20 51 28
1983-84 United States Olympics 6 3 1 4 6
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -1
1983-84 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 15 10 8 18 6 5 3 4 7 0
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 72 11 4 15 32 -21
1984-85 Springfield Indians AHL 5 2 3 5 2
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 43 33 76 24 +5 5 0 1 1 0
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 39 4 9 13 43 -6
1986-87 Springfield Indians AHL 11 6 4 10 7
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 33 10 12 22 15 +2
1988-89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 4 5 0 5 4
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 24 3 0 3 4 -12
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 1 2 3 2 +2 2 0 0 0 2
1989-90 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 47 45 21 66 40
1990-91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 31 2 4 6 12 -5 2 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 3 7 2 9 2
1991-92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 22 2 4 6 10 -1
1991-92 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 28 14 14 28 12
1992-93 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 7 5 4 9 4
NHL Totals 317 76 68 144 144 9 0 1 1 2


WCHA First All-Star Team (1983) Traded to Pittsburgh by Minnesota with Gord Dineen for Ville Siren and Steve Gotaas, December 17, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 24, 1989.