Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Oliver Bjorkstrand was born on April 10, 1995, in Herning, Denmark. A standout junior player in his homeland, Bjorkstrand would then join the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League in 2012.

Bjorkstrand would immediately produce offensively upon joining the Winterhawks. In his first year with the club he scored 31 goals and followed that up with seasons of 50 and 63 goals respectively. His scoring prowess did not go unnoticed as he was selected in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bjorkstrand spent the majority of his first professional season at the American Hockey League level with the Lake Erie Monsters, appearing in 51 games for the club and notching 29 points. He would also get his first taste of NHL action during his first professional campaign. In 12 games for the Blue Jackets Bjorkstrand posted four goals and added four assists. It was during the AHL playoffs that Bjorkstrand played his best hockey of 2015-16 however. He recorded 16 points in 17 post-season games, including the Calder Cup-winning goal in overtime. For his efforts, Bjorkstrand was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the playoff MVP.

In 2017-18, Bjorkstrand suited up in all 82 games for the Blue Jackets. He found the back of the net 11 times and added 29 assists for 40 points. At season's end, Bjorkstrand and the Blue Jackets agreed to a three-year contract extension.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2009-10 Herning IK U17 Den-U17 10 7 9 16 2
2010-11 Herning IK U17 Den-U17 19 28 26 54 39
2010-11 Herning IK Jr. Den-Jr. 11 13 6 19 2 6 1 7 8 0
2010-11 Herning IK II Den-2 1 0 0 0 0
2011-12 Herning IK II Den-2 5 1 2 3 0
2011-12 Herning Blue Fox Denmark 36 13 13 26 10 10 1 2 3 4
2011-12 Denmark WJ18-A 6 4 3 7 0 +2
2012-13 Portland Winterhawks WHL 65 31 32 63 10 +38 21 8 11 19 4
2012-13 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 5 1 2 3 4
2013-14 Portland Winterhawks WHL 69 50 59 109 36 +44 21 16 17 33 8
2014-15 Portland Winterhawks WHL 59 63 55 118 35 +60 17 13 12 25 10
2014-15 Denmark WJC-A 5 4 1 5 2 -4
2014-15 Denmark WC-A 3 0 0 0 2 -2
2015-16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 12 4 4 8 0 +6
2015-16 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 51 17 12 29 10 0 17 10 6 16 2
2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 26 6 7 13 6 +4 5 0 1 1 0
2016-17 Cleveland Monsters AHL 37 14 12 26 6 -1
NHL Totals 38 10 11 21 6 5 0 1 1 0


WHL West First All-Star Team (2014, 2015) WHL Player of the Year (2015) Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (AHL - Playoff MVP) (2016)
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