Gustav Olofsson
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Gustav Olofsson

Hometown:

Borås Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-12-01

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (46th overall), 2013

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Gustav Olofsson returned to Sweden after playing youth hockey in California and skated for IF Bjorkloven and participated in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school age players in Sweden. He played for Vasterbotten in the tournament and had 1 assist with 4 penalty minutes in seven games.

2010-11: Olofsson moved back to the United States and played for the Colorado Thunderbirds U16 midget team. He scored 5 goals with 10 assists and had 18 penalty minutes in 35 games. Olofsson was selected by Green Bay in the second round (29th overall) of the 2011 USHL Entry Draft.

2011-12: Olofsson made his USHL debut, playing in three November games for Green Bay, and was the second leading scorer for the Colorado Thunderbirds U18 team. He had 1 assist and was +1 in his brief time with the Gamblers. Olofsson scored 5 goals with a team-high 25 assists and had 10 penalty minutes in 38 games for the Thunderbirds. In March he committed to playing hockey at Colorado College in either 2013-14 or 2014-15.

2012-13: Olofsson was named to the USHL’s All-Rookie team in his first season with Green Bay and played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He played 63 games for the Gamblers and scored 2 goals with 21 assists and was +11 with 59 penalty minutes. The defending Clark Cup champions, Green Bay finished second in the East Division but were beaten by Youngstown in the playoff quarterfinals. Olofsson was scoreless and -2 in the four game series. He was ranked 51st amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Olofsson made his pro hockey debut in April — signing a three-year entry-level contract with Minnesota in March 2014 following his freshman season at Colorado College and joining Wild AHL affiliate Iowa. He scored 1 goal and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in eight AHL games. Iowa missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Midwest Division. Playing on the top defense pair for Colorado College with junior Peter Stoykewych (WPG), he scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was -12 with 20 penalty minutes. Colorado College finished seventh in the first season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and was swept by North Dakota in an NCHC quarterfinal series. 

2014-15: Olofsson skated with the Wild in the Traverse City prospect tournament and impressed in training camp with Minnesota before being assigned to AHL affiliate Iowa. He skated in one game, suffering a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery.

2015-16: Olofsson made his NHL debut with the Wild in a November 19th game against Boston and appeared in two games with Minnesota, spending most of the season with the AHL’s Iowa Wild. He had no points nor penalties, averaging nine minutes of ice time with Minnesota. Olofsson played 52 games with Iowa, scoring 2 goals with 15 assists, and was -11 with 12 penalty minutes for the last-place Wild, who missed the AHL playoffs for the third straight season. 

Talent Analysis

Olofsson is a lanky, mobile defender. He is capable of joining the rush and has a big shot but is viewed more as a stay-at-home type.

Future

Olofsson appeared in two NHL games with the Wild and played for Minnesota AHL affiliate Iowa, getting back into the lineup in 2015-16 after missing the previous season with a shoulder injury. Expected to challenge for a full-time spot in the Minnesota Wild defense corps next season, Olofsson projected as a top-four defender prior to getting hurt and should be close to getting back to that potential after a full summer of conditioning.

Minnesota Wild 2013 draft review

by Peter Prohaska
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Gustav Olofsson - Minnesota Wild

Photo: The Wild used their first draft pick on a defenseman for the third straight year with the selection of Gustav Olofsson at 46th overall (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

 
The Wild's big free agent signings last season may have dented the scouting budget. The Wild stayed pretty close to home this year, not drafting a player out of Europe for the first time in team history. The scouting staff did travel coast to coast in Canada with a studied focus on defense and size, but with an implicit directive of taking the long view with this draft class. Several of these players will be playing at the NCAA level next year and keeping tabs will mean a two hour drive rather than an eight hour flight. It also means that all of these players remain two years away from consideration at the professional level. All in all, it was quite an unspectacular draft that will take much patience to assess properly.

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