2021 NHL Draft Profile: Oskar Olausson

“He’s dynamic, an excellent skater with good puck skills, too, and he’s got good hands. He offers a lot of upside with that. He creates offense with his speed, and he protects the puck well.”
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BORN Nov. 10, 2002, Stockholm, Swe.

2020-21 HV71 POS LW

HT 6-2 WT 181 SHOOTS L

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On a deep Swedish national team, Olausson didn’t see a lot of action at the world juniors – but it was his first time at the tournament, and it likely won’t be his last. “He’s got that size and skating combination that is so intriguing,” said one scout. “He’s dynamic, an excellent skater with good puck skills, too, and he’s got good hands. He offers a lot of upside with that. He creates offense with his speed, and he protects the puck well.”

Given what underagers had done for Sweden in the past at the world juniors, the hype train may have been a tad too fast for Olausson, who went pointless in his four appearances in Edmonton. “He had some skill, but I don’t know if he got anything accomplished,” said another scout. “I liked his game in the SHL, and I guess I had bigger expectations for him. He’s a good skater with good parts and good quick hands.”

Speaking of the SHL, Olausson had a nice toe-dip in the waters this season, then got better results when he was loaned out to Sodertalje in the second-tier Allsvenskan. Olausson is signed with HV71 until 2023, though the team just got relegated.

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