Victor Olofsson

Hometown:

Örnsköldsvik Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1995-07-18

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

7th round (181st overall), 2014

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Victor Olofsson skated for the MODO hockey club in northern Sweden and represented Angermanland in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. He had 1 goal in three games with the MODO U18 team, spending most of the season skating at the U16 level. In eight elite league games for the MODO U16 team he scored 5 goals with 7 assists. Olofsson scored 6 goals with 6 assists in eight games for Angermanland.

2011-12: Olofsson spent the season with the MODO U18 team as a 16-year-old. He scored 19 goals with 15 assists and was +24 with 4 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games. Olofsson was +1 with 1 goal in two playoff games.

2012-13: Olofsson played 13 games for the MODO U20 team, including six playoff games, and was the second-leading scorer for the MODO U18 team. Both teams captured silver medals in their respective playoffs. Olofsson scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +6 with no penalties for the MODO U20 team. In 37 regular season games for the MODO U18 team he scored 31 goals with 24 assists and was +37 with six penalty minutes. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2 with no penalties in four U18 playoff games.

2013-14: Olofsson made his SHL debut in December — skating in 11 games with MODO — and was the top goal scorer in the SuperElit U20 league’s North Division. He had no points nor penalties with 3 shots on goal in limited ice time with the MODO men’s club. He scored 32 goals with 21 assists and was +13 with 16 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games for the MODO U20 team. In five SuperElit playoff games he scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was +9 with 2 penalty minutes. Not among the 130 international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by Buffalo in the seventh round (181st overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Olofsson skated in 39 SHL games for MODO — playing briefly in Allsvenskan with Timra — and played for the Sweden U20 team at the 2015 World Juniors. He scored 10 goals with 8 assists and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, averaging 10:47 minutes of ice time in SHL play. MODO finished last in the 12-team league, facing Allsvenskan’s HC Vita Hasten in the Kval playoffs.  Olofsson scored 2 goals in eight games with Timra. He had 1 assist and was +1 in seven games for Sweden at the WJC. Sweden finished fourth in the tournament, falling 4-2 to Slovakia in the bronze medal game.

Talent Analysis

Olofsson is a small but swift forward who has an intriguing package of offensive skill. He is fairly raw in terms of his overall game and is at a disadvantage at times defensively due to his lack of size and bulk.

Future

Olofsson showed promise in his first SHL season in 2014-15 on a MODO squad that wasn't very strong. Largely overlooked due to his lack of size, he has some significant offensive tools. Long-range he will constantly be challenged to prove he can be an effective two-way forward given his lack of stature. His potential to this point seems to be that of a Nathan Gerbe-type forward who can contribute and overcome his lack of physical size. At the same time Olofsson may peak as a minor league scorer or spend his entire career in Europe.

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