Oscar Dansk
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Oscar Dansk


Stockholm Sweden

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2nd round (31st overall), 2012


187 lbs.

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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.

2014-15: Dansk made his pro hockey debut as a 20-year-old — skating for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons in a game at Bridgeport on October 19th. Shuffling between the Falcons and the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings, he played 21 games with Springfield and was 7-7-5 with a 3.57 goals against and .880 save percentage. Springfield missed the AHL playoffs, finishing one point behind Portland for the final playoff spot. Dansk was 1-8 in 11 games for Kalamazoo, posting a 3.73 goals against and .889 save percentage. He was loaned to Rogle BK in Sweden’s SHL for the 2015-16 season in May 2015. 

2015-16: Dansk played 36 regular season games for Rogle BK, sharing the goaltending duties with one-time Bruins’ prospect Lars Volden. Dansk was 13-21-0 with two shutouts and had a 2.68 goals against and .910 save percentage. Rogle BK finished 11th, missing the SHL playoffs. 

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.


Dansk returned to Sweden for the 2015-16 season, skating for Rogle BK in the SHL. The third goalie taken in the 2012 NHL Draft when Columbus selected him with the first pick in the second round after Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy and Providence Bruins' goalie Malcolm Subban, he had an up-and-down season on the league's fourth-weakest team. The Blue Jackets drafted Joonas Korpisalo one round later in that 2012 draft and, in terms of development, Dansk is behind both Korpisalo and 2011 seventh-round pick Anton Forsberg in the Blue Jackets' pecking order at this stage. There is no set timeline for young goaltenders and Dansk has a significant skill set that suggests he can be a top line starting goaltender. Whether he can put the elements together is a mystery.

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