With the 28th overall selection in the 2021 NHL draft, the Colorado Avalanche selected Oskar Olausson, a right wing from HV71 of Sweden’s Hockeyallsvensken league.
“It feels so good, I can’t explain it,” Olausson via Zoom, just minutes after he was selected. “I’m very happy and it’s a very good team for me to come to.
“A really good city and a good team I want to play with. I think my game will fit in with that team. It’s going to be really fun to play and I can’t wait.”
Olausson, who will turn 19 this fall, scored 14 goals and 27 points in just 16 games with HV71. He also played some time last season in the SHL, Sweden’s highest league of hockey, and scored three goals and four points in 16 games.
The 6-foot-1, 181 pound left-handed right wing has room to grow and figures to be a few years out. Still, the young Swede was ranked 13th amongst International players in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking.
What does he bring to the Avalanche?
“I think my game is going to fit in really good with this team,” Olausson said. “I’m a very offensive player, who is very dangerous with my shot and my hands. I’m dangerous in the offensive zone,” he told Colorado Hockey Now.