Monday, September 9, 2013

Top 10 Prospects: #10 Gustav Olofsson

Gustav Olofsson
Born: December 1st, 1994
Height: 6'2" Weight: 190 lbs
Shoots: Left
2012-13 Team: Green Bay (USHL)
Acquired: 2nd Round (46th Overall) Pick in 2013 NHL Draft
Previous Rank: NR

When the Wild drafted Gustav Olofsson with the team's first pick in this summer's draft, the entire fanbase let out a collective "WHO?!". Olofsson came onto the scene last year playing for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL as a defenseman. Before that he had been playing in Colorado for some U16 and U18 teams, after coming over from Sweden with his family.

Olofsson had an outstanding year with Green Bay in 2012-13, posting 23 points in 63 games. That does not cry out as a great year, but he is far from being an offensive force on the blue line. He is much more of a two way defenseman with a bit more emphasis on defense than offense. He has good size and can play the body at times. He is still very far from making the NHL, but he can be a solid 2nd pairing defenseman with his skill set. 

For the 2013-14 season, Olofsson will be playing for Colorado College in the new NCHC (because a certain maroon and gold team decided to pack up and leave the WCHA for the Big Ten Conference), so Wild fans should be able to get a much better look at him and how good he is this year.

Team of 18,001's 2013-14 Top 10 Wild Prospect List
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5. Saturday
6. Friday
7. Thursday
8. Wednesday
9. Tomorrow
10. Gustav Olofsson

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