The Colorado Avalanche drafted right winger Oskar Olausson with the 28th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday night. Olausson comes from the HV71 program in Sweden. Olausson is considered a relatively low six-cap center forward with reverse shot and speed.
“Olausson’s ridiculous season in the J20 Nationell (27 points in 16 games) is just one of the many examples for which he is considered a candidate in the first round. He’s an excellent penalty killer and inside player who spent the second half of the season playing adults in [both] the Allsvenskan and the SHL, where his dangerous speed and deadly flick have earned him respect. “—Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst” [via All About the Jersey]
“It can still be good as long as the effort is still there, but there are times when Olausson just doesn’t seem to feel it and commit. A very talented player with great physical tools but with a seemingly weak engine has to be so superior in his skill level that it doesn’t matter if he takes the time from time to time. So far in his career, Olausson is not at this level of excellence. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
“What emerges immediately is the handling of Olausson’s stick. He’s smart with the puck and is able to dance through defenses with his stick handling and strong stride. It can accelerate to top speed faster than its competition, allowing for the potential for dangerous forward failure. ” [Canes Country]
The Nashville Predators selected him 18th overall in the fictitious SB Nation Draft last week and was ranked somewhere in his 20s by all editorial sites.
“Among the skaters eligible for the J20 Nationell draft this season, Olausson finished first in major points per game (1.44) and first in major points per game (0.75). In his limited game in the SHL – where he averaged just over nine minutes of ice time per night – he finished second in those two categories behind William Eklund, probably one of the top five. [On the Forecheck]
“Olausson is strong enough defensively not to be seen as a handicap in his own goal. He’s a complete player with shorthanded and power-play experience. Olausson’s most common criticism is that he struggles to use his teammates and can burn himself trying to play the downbeat. Rolls are a problem in his game, and some scouts question his ability to see the ice and make plays. ” [Jackets Cannon]
Hopefully this is a comprehensive look at the player the Avs hope to see in their roster in a few years. Welcome to the organization!