Mark Olver
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Mark Olver


Burnaby British Columbia

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5th round (140th overall), 2008


155 lbs.

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2007-08: In his freshmen season, Mark Olver led CCHA Northern Michigan University with 38 points in 39 games. He was ranked first in all NCAA freshmen in goals (21), seventh in points-per-game (0.97) and 18th among all players in goals-per-game (0.54). Olver led the team in game-winning goals, with four, and posted eight power-play goals along the way.

2008-09: In his sophomore season at Northern Michigan, Olver netted 16 goals and added 19 assists for 35 points in 40 games.  He also racked up 89 minutes in penalties for the season.

2009-10: Olver made his pro debut with Lake Erie (AHL) after signing a two-year, entry-level contract with Colorado in March 2010 following his junior season at Northern Michigan. Olver skated in six games for the Monsters, who missed the AHL playoffs, and scored 2 goals with a -4 plus/minus and 4 PMs. Olver skated in 40 of 41 games and was the CCHA's leading scorer for Northern Michigan; tallying 19 goals with 30 assists. He was +17 with 48 PMs and scored six power play goals for the fourth-place Wildcats and was named to the NCAA West and CCHA First all-star teams.

2010-11: Olver opened his first pro season with Colorado, seeing limited ice-time in five games with the Avalanche before being sent to AHL Lake Erie. He returned to the Avalanche in two late season call-ups, seeing more extensive action, and finished the season with 2 goals and 7 assists with a -2 plus/minus and 18 PMs; averaging just under 12 minutes of ice time per game. In 58 games with Lake Erie, Olver scored 23 goals (tied for second) with 17 assists and was -2 with 79 PMs. He skated in all seven playoff games for the Monsters; scoring 2 goals with 2 assists and finishing -1 with 4 PMs.

2011-12: Olver was re-called by Colorado from AHL Lake Erie in mid-February and saw consistent ice time in a lower line role for the Avalanche in his second pro season. He scored 4 goals with 3 assists in 24 games with Colorado and was an even plus/minus with 15 penalty minutes; averaging just under 13 minutes of ice time per game. After missing the first half of the season due to a concussion suffered in October, he played in his first game for Lake Erie on January 12th. Olver skated in 15 games for the Monsters, scoring 2 goals with 7 assists and was plus-two with 8 penalty minutes. Lake Erie finished third in the North Division – missing the playoffs by two points.


Talent Analysis

Olver is a diminutive pivot with a knack for finding the net. He has tremendous hands and plays a hard-nosed game despite his size. While he will never be a favorite to win the Selke Trophy, Olver is not a liability in his own end.


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