Panthers center Nick Bjugstad traveled with the team to Nashville on Monday and there's a good chance he'll make his season debut Tuesday against the Predators.
Bjugstad practiced Monday for the first time since sustaining a concussion Sept. 8 in the final game of a rookie tournament. Coach Kevin Dineen said he liked what he saw from the 21-year-old who played 11 games as a rookie last season after making his debut in April.
"He had a solid practice today" Dineen said after the workout at Saveology.com Iceplex. He added of Bjugstad who was activated off injured reserve Sunday "Our lineup is slowly starting to find a little chemistry to it. Also you inject some enthusiasm. ... that makes Nick a legitimate option for [Tuesday] night."
While Panthers management considered sending Bjugstad to AHL San Antonio prior to his return the team's flat performance in Sunday's 3-0 home loss to the Kings and immediate need for a big strong presence like the 6-foot-6 215-pound Bjugstad influence...