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Rau, Bjugstad have taken a similar route to NHL careers

By Sun Sentinel, 07/05/12, 11:05AM CDT


6-6 center must decide to return to Gophers or compete for roster spot with Florida in September

It seems they've been tagging after each other their whole lives growing up in the suburbs of Minneapolis playing in the same Squirt Division at 8 years old, but Panthers prospects Kyle Rau and Nick Bjugstad wouldn't have it any other way.

While Rau has remained a squirt-like height of 5-foot-8 compared to Bjugstad's 6-6 frame, that hasn't prevented the feisty Eden Prairie legend from following in his pal's humongous footsteps.
A year after Bjugstad was crowned Minnesota's Mr. Hockey while playing for Blaine High, Rau earned the prestigious title in 2011. Rau capped his high school career with a diving goal in the third overtime to beat East Duluth for his team's second state Class 2A title in three seasons.

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