2007-08: Drew Olson completed his senior year at Brainerd High School, where he was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey award, and selected a second team All-State defenseman. Olson was a leader on his team both offensively and defensively. He played on the team’s top pairing and was one of the top defensemen in Minnesota.
2008-09: Olson played 39 games in the USHL with the Omaha Lancers. He scored 2 goals, 6 assists for 8 points along with 43 PIMs.
2009-10: Olson received consistent ice time as a freshman for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He skated in 34 games and notched 2 assists.
2010-11: Olson skated in 34 of 42 games for NCAA national champion Minnesota-Duluth as a sophomore – missing time due to a lower body injury. Paired with fifth-year senior Trent Palm for much of the second half, the two combined to give the Bulldogs a steady third pair. Olson scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +3 with 18 PMs.
2011-12: In his junior season at Minnesota-Duluth, Olson set up seven goals and put one in himself. He doubled his point totals from his sophomore year and has become known as a defensive defenseman more than anything else.
A solidly-built defenseman, more wide than tall, Olson is a very good skater who has a very good shot from the point. He is tough to beat one-on-one, and often punishes players who try to beat him wide. He has a very good presence on the point with his shot that can anchor a power play. Olson needs to work on his conditioning and to improve his overall strength.
Olson will return to Minnesota-Duluth for his final season. He has been steadily improving and should be able to break into Springfield’s deep blue line in 2013-14.