With a struggling starter and no obvious replacements in the system, the Columbus Blue Jackets looked to bolster their goaltending depth at the 2012 NHL Draft with the selection of two well regarded prospects at this position. One of those picks, Oscar Dansk, was considered by some scouts to be the top goaltender available in the draft.
As it turned out, Dansk was not the first goaltender chosen in Pittsburgh back in June – Andrey Vasilevskiy received that honor – but Dansk was the first player chosen on Day 2 of the NHL Draft.
Dansk currently plies his trade for Brynas IF in Sweden, his home country. But the lanky netminder honed his chops in the U.S. for three seasons while playing for prep school power Shattuck St. Mary's in Fairibault, Minnesota.
Since his return to Sweden, Dansk has been a frequent contributor to that country's national program, including Sweden's silver medal squad at the 2012 U-18 World Junior Championship back in April. Although Dansk had a rough go of it in that gold medal game vs. the U.S., his overall season was strong enough for the Stockholm native to be considered a top prospect for the NHL Draft.
Dansk was in Lake Placid, New York last week with Team Sweden to take part in USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp. Dansk took some time out to speak with Hockey's Future for this video interview.