Olivier Magnan
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Olivier Magnan

Hometown:

Sherbrooke Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-05-01

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (148th overall), 2006

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2004-05: Magnan had a solid, yet unspectacular second year with the Huskies. In 70 games, he potted five goals and 15 assists to go along with 82 PIM’s

2005-06: Magnan completed his third full season in the QMJHL as captain of the Huskies and put up career-best numbers with 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points in 69 games. His 97 PIM’s was also a career best mark. His strong defensive play won him the Kevin Lowe Trophy in the QMJHL, a new award that is annually awarded to the defenseman who is judged to be the best defensive defenseman in the QMJHL, quite a feat for a guy who played on a team that did not even make the playoffs. To cap of his great year, he was selected in the 2006 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

2006-07: Magnan started off the season in the ECHL with the Trenton Titans, but by the end of the season, he had earned a full time promotion to Lowell. Magnan had a goal and nine assists in 45 games for the Titans before being recalled to the Lowell Devils where he scored a goal and an assist in 24 games to go along with a +2 rating.

2007-08: Despite a team-worst -32 rating, Magnan played in 75 games and gained valuable experience on the Lowell blueline  He recorded one goal and 15 assists in those games, and tried to play a safe and simple style of play for the majority of the season.

2008-09: quitely put together his best season as a pro last year. He improved a lot in the plus/minus department, going from an awful -32 rating, to a much more respectable -3 rating. He suited up in all of Lowell’s 76 games, scoring two goals and eight assists to go along with 66 PIM’s

Talent Analysis

Magnan is a well rounded defender who is adept at moving the puck and playing physically.Magnan is a strong puck handler and has the ability to contribute offensively. He also is not shy about getting involved physically as he tailed more than 65 PIM’s in all three of his junior seasons, including 97 in his last year in the CHL. Magnan also contributes in his own end, showing great defensive awareness. 

Future

The well-rounded blueliner has made steady, yet unspectacular progress since being selected in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. While not as talented as other prospects in the system, if he continues to improve as he has each of the last two seasons in the AHL, he should remain a viable prospect in the organization. However, whether or not he has what it takes to make it to the NHL is still up for debate.

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