Gustav Olofsson

by couching on April 16, 2018

 

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Gustav Olofsson, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 180

Born: 1994-12-01

Hometown: Boras, Sweden

Drafted: 2013 by Minnesota Wild, 46th overall

 

Observations:

April 2018 - Olofsson managed to crack the NHL roster, but with just 8 assists in 41 games and a common name in the press box, his fantasy potential is limited. He appears to be a relatively stable bottom-pair minutes eater, so the 23 year old may be able to set his feet more next season. Will Scouch

 

 

April 2017 - Olofsson’s second full season in North America has been a positive one. In the AHL, he matched fellow D Mike Reilly in many metrics while being a year and a half younger. His GF%rel of 0.29 indicates that some work in the defensive zone may be needed, which is further shown when examining his metrics in his relatively short NHL stint in Minnesota. A +9.71 CA60rel is troublesome, but his CF60rel was right on par with his offensively gifted team, and his expected goal metrics are for such a young defenseman. He’s got the size, and he’s got the tools, but he still needs time to grow further to round out his game. While Reilly will be looked at to make the jump next year, Olofsson should give him a run for his money in camp. He’s younger and matches Reilly in many measures. Will Scouch

 

September 2016 – Look for Gustav Olofsson to compete for a roster with the big club this coming training camp after a productive offseason. Not having to worry about his shoulder ailment like he did previously made for a more vigilant Olofsson that is eager to get his just due now that the injury is behind him. He’s got a decent chance at tapping into his top-four upside. Edric Joseph

 

November 2015 – Gustav Olofsson has been abruptly called up from the Iowa Wild in time for Minnesota’s match against the Dallas Stars. It’s to be determined when or if he’ll suit up during this call-up but chances of playing and making an impact in the immediate future is unlikely as he has just three points through 21 games this season. Edric Joseph

 

November 2015 – Gustav Olofsson’s recent call up turned out to be nothing more than a precautionary measure as he was a healthy scratch for one game before being sent back to the Iowa Wild. He has top-four defensemen upside but needs to show more consistency in Iowa before getting his due as more than a capable reserve. Edric Joseph

 

September 2015 – The first game of the Traverse City prospect tournament got underway on September 11th and Gustav Olofsson wasted little time turning heads, including that of Minnesota Wild assistant General Manager Brent Flahr. Despite not registering any points in the tilt and missing most of last year due to injury, it’s apparent that the Wild like what they see in him and it shows when he’s being praised as the best player to take to the rink that night. He showed he’s been puck handling and mobility, but even so he’s likely to not make the big club right out of training camp. Edric Joseph

 

January 2014 – Olofsson is a timid player that shows glimpses of being capable of more but makes you often wonder if he will ever put it together in the big leagues. Holds his own well in his own end and shows that he can join the rush or provide a big shot on the powerplay but struggles to show that he can play comfortably under pressure. That being said, he is one of the better kept secrets in the Minnesota program, overlooked in favor of Matthew Dumba and Jonas Brodin. He definitely has it in him to make the big club should he continue to improve. Edric Joseph

 

April 2014 – Olofsson finished his freshman year at Colorado College with eight points (four goals, four assists) in 30 games, impressing the Wild's staff. So much so, that the team signed the defenceman to an entry-level contract and he will join AHL Iowa immediately. His stock in the Wild organization is quickly rising and it appears they have the utmost confidence in the blueliner to let him start his pro career at just 19. It's not out of the question that Olofsson could compete for an NHL roster spot next season, especially with a strong showing down the stretch with Iowa and a monster training camp. Jamie Zadow

 

January 2014 – Olofsson was a standout for Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship, leading their blueline with five points (one goal, four assists) in seven games. The 19-year-old played a solid two-way defensive game finishing the tournament a plus-5 while looking extremely poised with the puck in his own end. A good sign for the Minnesota Wild going forward as they continue to build a strong, young defensive core for their future. Jamie Zadow

 

December 2013 – Gustav Olofsson will represent Team Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo. Olofsson is a smart two-way defenseman with good size and mobility who he has the capability to join the rush but also plays a solid defensive game. In 2012-13 he was named to the USHL's All-Rookie Team in his first season with the Green Bay Gamblers, finishing a plus-11 rating with 23 points in 63 games. As a freshman at Colorado College this season, Olofsson has played in 12 games and registered four points (two goals, two assists). Jamie Zadow

 

Fantasy Outlook: D+

If you’re looking for points, it’s unlikely he’ll be appearing on the scoresheet, but he appears to be a reliable depth player who has some upside to be a stay-at-home bottom pair player.

 

 

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Gustav Olofsson at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft:

 

 

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