What the Minnesota Wild’s Iowa farm currently lacks in elite talent, it makes up for with depth at every position. With the emergence of Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula for the big club, Iowa has been restocked with prospects in order to continue feeding the pipeline to the NHL. One of those prospects is Gustav Olofsson.
Born in Boras, Sweden, Olofsson was a 2nd round draft choice of the Wild in the 2013 draft. At 6-3 and 200 pounds, Olofsson, 19, has a great opportunity to add to his frame before he is NHL ready and become a big-bodied defenseman for the Minnesota Wild. After taking a long journey in juniors and college hockey, he finished last season with the Iowa Wild and potted his first goal in his pro debut.
Throughout his teenage years, Gustav Olofsson has played hockey in many states and countries. His youth hockey days were spent in sunny California before a short stint back in his home country of Sweden. Fast-forward a year and he found himself in Colorado playing midget hockey before being selected 29th overall by the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. Around the same time, Olofsson also committed to play college hockey at Colorado College.
2012-13 served as a coming out year as Olofsson earned All-Rookie team honors while scoring 2 goals and 21 assists in 63 games with Green Bay. Viewed as a stay-at-home defenseman, his impact is more seen in his team’s zone instead of the opposition’s. After the Minnesota Wild saw his fluidity and mobility on the blue line, the team made him their 2nd round choice.
Olofsson spent the 2013-14 season earning a lot of ice time as a freshman for CC. He may not have put up gaudy statistics, just 4 goals and 4 assists in 30 games, but the Tigers trusted the young defenseman as if he were a veteran.
Following his only season at CC, Gustav Olofsson was offered a contract to play with the Iowa Wild for the remainder of the season. At just 19 years of age, the Minnesota Wild are clearly high on him if they are letting him start his professional career this early.
It would be a shock if Gustav Olofsson made the Minnesota Wild’s roster sometime in the next two or three years. With probably 10 or 11 defenseman in the organization ahead of him, Olofsson will be given plenty of time to develop in the AHL with Iowa. The organization has loved what he has done so far, and hopefully he will continue to impress at such a tender age.
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