2003-04: Olvecky made the jump from Trencin’s Slovakian Junior league team, where he was almost a point per game, to the senior squad where he may have been in a bit over his head at that age as he failed to register a single point in 16 games. Spotted by Wild scout Brano Gaborik, Marian’s brother, the Wild made a point of seeing him play in an under-18 tournament in Russia. Drafted by the Wild in the third round, 78th overall.
2005-05: During the NHL lockout, Olvecky played on a team with Gaborik and Pavol Demitra, getting 19 points on 10 goals and 9 assists in 45 games. Scored three goals with an assist in six games for Slovakia in the 2005 U20 World Junior Championships.
2005-06: Signed with the Wild and put up 32 pointsin 67 games on 14 goals and 18 assists in his first season in North America with the Houston Aeros (AHL).
2006-07: Like many Aeros, Olvecky took a step backwards with his numbers down across the board. He scored 12 goals with 15 assists for 27 points in 69 games. One of the Wild prospects singled out by GM Doug Risebrough for a lackluster season.
2007-08: Olvecky got his game back on track, leading the Aeros with nine power play goals. His shooting percentage improved to 15.2%, up from the previous season’s 9.0%. His totals for the season were 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assists. His 17 goals were third on the team and his 33 points were fifth.
Olvecky is a versatile, hard-working grinder who can play any forward position and has demonstrated some scoring touch.
Olvecky has the potential to be a third line winger.