Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/18/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Nick Bjugstad, drafted 19th by the Florida Panthers, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Nick Bjugstad will never forget that night in April 2003. The Minnesota Wild his favorite team were in the midst of a Game 7 overtime battle against the Colorado Avalanche trying to capture their first playoff series victory. Tucked away in bed on a school night the 10-year-old Bjugstad listened intently for a sign. Anything to indicate an outcome. "I was still awake" Bjugstad said. "I was wired from watching the third period and I didn't want to go to bed." He did not have to wait long. Minnesota's Andrew Brunette came through with the clinching goal 3:25 into the extra period. Bjugstad heard his father Mike screaming in the basement. "I knew we won -- I knew the Wild won" Bjugstad said. "I can't say 'we' anymore." Bjugstad a first-round pick of the Florida Panthers may have to shed his allegiance to the Wild. But it has not stopped the rookie from reminiscing about his childhood team -- the one he'll get to face for the first time Saturday night. The prospect of facing the ...
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