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Puck-moving defender with good hands and escapability. Shows intelligence in all three zones and could grow into a 4-6 defender at the NHL level.


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July 2022 – Odelius was drafted 65th overall by the Islanders. The projected late first round selection fell to the end of round two and again the Isles grabbed a high upside player that fell to them in round two. Pat Quinn

 

January 2022 – Odelius’ point production has been pretty impressive and he has been one of the biggest risers in the public draft sphere through the first half of the season. Even though he has been left off the scoresheet in his seven SHL games, he has produced at a .73 points per game clip in the J20 Nationell. That pace is second among draft-eligible defenders at the J20 level, just behind Simon Forsmark, but ahead of names like Elias Salomonsson and Mattias Hävelid. Odelius has also played in a total of 14 games for Sweden’s U18 national team, notching five assists in those games.

Odelius is a puck-moving, two-way defender. He is great on the breakout, driving play from the back end with strong passes up ice. He has the ability to give short, precise passes as well as clean, medium-length passes, but constantly impresses with great stretch passes as well. He uses his smooth skating and great edge work to give himself space on retrievals and he doesn’t need much time to move the puck. Odelius also has good puck skills which help him to elude forecheckers before moving the puck up ice. However, he doesn’t possess the best skating speed and mostly relies on passing in transition, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He constantly executes high-IQ plays and is solid without the puck as well. Even though he might lose his mark in the defensive zone from time to time, he defends the rush well, closing the gap nicely. Odelius isn’t the biggest player and can struggle to box out opposing forwards at the net-front but that will come with the age. At this point, he looks like a strong candidate to be a second-round pick but there is still plenty of time left this season and he might even climb into the first-round conversation. Eetu Siltanen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 30, 2004
Height 6‘0”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 2; Overall: 65

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 Södertälje SK U16 2U16 Div.11 0 00 4|        
  Sweden Selects U14WSI U149 0 22 -|        
 2018-2019 Södertälje SK U16U16 Div.119 7 1219 54|Playoffs QC5 0 44
  Södertälje SK U16 3U16 Div.21 0 00 4|        
  Sweden Selects U15WSI U155 1 01 4|        
  SödermanlandTV-Pucken6 1 34 4|        
 2019-2020 Djurgårdens IF U16U16 Div.13 0 00 4|Playoffs QC5 2 68
  SödermanlandTV-Pucken8 0 1010 6|        
  Djurgårdens IF U16U16 SM2 0