Oscar Dansk
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Oscar Dansk

Hometown:

Stockholm Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-02-28

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2012

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (31st overall), 2012

Weight:

187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Oscar Dansk skated for the U16 team at Shattuck-St Mary’s in Minnesota and competed for Stockholm 1 in the TV-Pucken tournament in his native Sweden. Sharing the goaltending duties with Kyle Hayton on a Shattuck team that was 42-9-2 and won the USA Tier I U16 national championship, Dansk was 13-2-1 in 18 games with a 1.89 goals against and .914 save percentage. In five games in the TV-Pucken tournament he had a 1.80 goals against and .932 save percentage. Stockholm 1 captured the gold medal in the tournament and Dansk was named Best Goaltender.

2010-11: Dansk returned to Sweden and split the season between Brynas’ U20 and U18 teams. In 21 SuperElit U20 games, he had a 2.70 goals against and .911 save percentage. Dansk started one game in Brynas’ two-game series with Frolunda, stopping 30 of 35 shots in a 5-2 loss after Brynas had lost the first game, 11-0. In 17 regular season games with the U18 team, he had a 2.25 goals against and .924 save percentage. Dansk started all five playoff games, recording a 3.78 goals against and .899 save percentage as Brynas U18 captured a bronze medal.

2011-12: Dansk again skated for Brynas’ U20 and U18 clubs and represented Sweden in the U19 World Junior A Challenge and U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. In 29 games for Brynas U20 he had a 2.81 goals against and .909 save percentage. Dansk started both playoff games as Brynas was swept by Sodertalje; stopping 50 of 57 shots faced. In two games with Brynas U18 during the regular season he allowed four goals with a .913 save percentage. Dansk was 3-0 with one shutout; allowing three goals in three U18 playoff games. Playing in the World Junior A Challenge, he allowed two goals in two games with a .971 save percentage. Dansk was 4-1 with one shutout and had a 1.98 goals against and .937 save percentage in five games as Sweden captured a silver medal at the U18 World Junior Championship. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked second amongst European goaltenders in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: The third player taken in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, Dansk played 43 games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters in his first season of major junior hockey. He was 11-23-6 with a 4.11 goals against and .888 save percentage playing on an Erie squad that had the OHL’s second-worst record and finished last in the Midwest Division. Dansk was with Sweden’s silver medal team at the 2013 World Junior Championship as the third goalie but did not see any action.

2013-14: Dansk returned to Erie for his second OHL season after attending the Blue Jackets’ training camp; splitting time with Devin Williams. He was the starting goalie for the Sweden U20 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. Dansk was 29-9-1 with six shutouts and had a 2.39 goals against and .909 save percentage in 42 regular season games. The Otters were one of the big turnaround stories in junior hockey; finishing second in the Midwest Division and reaching the Western Conference finals against Guelph. Dansk saw limited action in the playoffs as Williams had a hot hand. Dansk appeared in three games and was 0-1 with a 6.79 goals against and .797 save percentage. In six games at the WJC he was 5-1 with one shutout and had a 1.79 goals against and .928 save percentage. Sweden was unbeaten heading into the gold medal game; falling 3-2 to Finland in overtime to earn a silver medal. Dansk signed a three-year entry-level contract with Columbus in May 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Dansk plays a butterfly style that puts his quick lateral movements on display and allows him to easily control rebounds. He played prep school and junior hockey in North America as well as playing for the Brynas junior club in his native Sweden. He has an excellent hockey IQ but sometimes has confidence issues. Physically he has all the attributes of a topnotch goaltender. Whether he can produce to match his technical skills on a consistent level will be his challenge.

Future

Dansk attended training camp with the Blue Jackets before being assigned to AHL affiliate Springfield along with fellow first-year prospect Anton Forsberg to start the 2014-15 season. With Forsberg off to a phenomenal start and Dansk scuffling a bit he was assigned to the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings to gain more experience. As with many 20-year-olds playing pro hockey for the first time, there are bound to be peaks and valleys as he gains experience and it is hoped that that is what is occurring with Dansk. Long-term his skill set suggests he can be an NHL starter one day — but with Sergei Bobrovsky seemingly entrenched in Columbus and Forsberg also in the Blue Jackets organization that opportunity maybe a few years away or come somewhere else.

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