Tate Olson

Hometown:

Saskatoon Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-03-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (210th overall), 2015

Weight:

174 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Tate Olson played in two midget major games with the Saskatoon Contacts and played for the Saskatoon Stallions bantam AA team in Saskatchewan. He had no points nor penalties in one regular season game and one playoff game with the Contacts. Olson was selected by Prince George in the second round (14th overall) in the 2015 WHL bantam draft.

2012-13: Olson played midget major hockey with the Saskatoon Contacts as a 15-year-old and represented Saskatchewan in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. In 29 regular season games for the Contacts he scored 7 goals with 9 assists and 24 penalty minutes. Saskatoon won the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League championship, defeating Prince Albert in the finals, and won the West Region championship to reach the 2013 Telus Cup. Olson had 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. The Contacts finished fourth in the Telus Cup, falling to Quebec champion Rousseau Royal, 3-2, in the bronze medal game. Olson had no points with 4 penalty minutes in seven Telus Cup games.

2013-14: Olson played for Prince George in his first WHL season and competed for Canada West in the 2014 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 2 goals with 8 assists and had an even plus/minus with 17 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games for the Cougars. Prince George finished fourth in the B.C. Division, missing the WHL playoffs. Olson had no points and 8 penalty minutes in five games for Canada West at the WHC. Canada West finished ninth, defeating Germany 4-3 in its final game.

2014-15: Olson was one of four defensemen to top 20 points for Prince George as the Cougars reached the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. He scored 5 goals with 19 assists and was -13 with 69 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. Prince George finished third in the B.C. Division and lost to Victoria in a first-round series. Olson scored 3 goals and was -1 with no penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was ranked 146th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Vancouver in the seventh round (210th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Olson has emerged as a strong two-way threat on the Prince George Cougars. He plays a responsible defensive game and has displayed a good physical edge. He makes a good first pass and can contribute offensively with his strong shot. He can unleash a one-time blast from the point or an accurate wrist shot from the high slot, usually resulting in a juicy rebound. He has fairly good speed and mobility as well but Olson does possess a few bad habits that he will need to iron out if he is to succeed at higher levels.

Future
Olson will continue his junior career with the Prince George Cougars in 2015-16 and will likely be given greater responsibilities and be used in all situations. Long term Olson projects as a bottom pair defenseman but it will be a few years until the Canucks make a decision on him.

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