2008-09: A collarbone injury that he suffered back in November limited Nick Oliver’s appearances. He spent time with Roseau and the Fargo Force (USHL) this season. He appeared in 12 games with the Force posting a goal and an assist. In 11 games with the Rams, Oliver posted 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and earned the team’s Oscar Almquist Award. He was also named an honorable mention to AP and Pioneer Press All-State teams as well.
2009-10: Oliver played another year in the USHL with the Fargo Force. He scored 5 goals, 13 assists for 18 points in 53 regular season games and added 95 PIMs. In 13 playoff games, Oliver managed 1 goal, 1 assist and 4 PIMs.
2010-11: Oliver skated in 56 of 60 games for Fargo in his second USHL season. Playing in an energy line, two-way role for the Force he scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was -2 with 64 PMs. Oliver played in all five playoff games as the Force reached the second round and was +1 with no points an 6 PMs.
2011-12: Oliver skated in 34 of 39 games for St. Cloud State as a freshman. Playing in mostly a lower line role early in the year, his role for the Huskies increased when fellow Nashville prospect Cam Reid left school in January to play in the WHL. Oliver scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was minus-three with 33 penalty minutes. After finishing sixth in the WCHA and struggling to stay above .500 for much of the season, the Huskies won 7 of their final 11 games, with two losses coming in overtime.
2012-13: Oliver skated in 34 of 42 games for St. Cloud State as a sophomore – missing time in mid-season due to a “lower body injury”. Primarily playing alongside junior center Cory Thorson on the Huskies’ third line, he scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was an even plus/minus with 22 penalty minutes. St. Cloud state finished tied with Minnesota for first in the WCHA and bounced back from a loss to Wisconsin in the WCHA semifinals to reach the 2013 Frozen Four. After defeating Notre Dame and Miami to capture the Midwest Regional the Huskies lost to Quinnipiac, 4-1 in the Frozen Four semifinals.
Oliver is a banging and crashing type of forward with size and grit. He can play both at center and on wing. Oliver brings a physical presence to his game, often delivering bone-jarring hits to opposing players. As he fills out his nearly 6’3 frame, he will become an even more intimidating force to be reckoned with. He is extremely competitive, works hard, and is never one to give up on the puck so easily. He also does an outstanding job of supporting plays as well. Oliver is not the prettiest skater, with long legs and a hunched-over style, but he does get around the rink quite well. One of Oliver’s best attributes is his shot. It is accurate with a very quick release. He has good skill around the net and a knack for scoring garbage goals.
Oliver has been a staple to the St. Cloud State bottom lines, in part due to his crash and bang style, but also due to his limited offensive production. He has just three goals in his 70-game NCAA career, and he will really need to improve those numbers if he wants to be considered an NHL prospect.