The Avalanche signed Swedish forward Oskar Olausson to a three-year entry level contract two weeks after selecting him in the first round of the NHL draft, the team announced Friday.
The 18-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden, was taken with the 28th overall pick of last month’s draft.
Olausson made his debut in the Swedish Hockey League this past season, notching four points (three goals and one assist) in 16 games for HV71 in the country’s top league. He started the year with the club’s junior team and had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 13 games before joining the senior team. He finished out the season in Sweden’s second tier league after being loaned out to Södertälje for 11 contests (three goals and three assists).
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound right wing also played for the Swedish national team at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship and appeared in four games.
“He fits our identity. We’re a team that obviously speed and skating is a big piece for us,” Avalanche director of amateur scouting Wade Klippenstein said last month. “He’s a very good skater, a big body. He can score and shoot the puck. Just a lot of check marks with Oskar.”
“He’s a big, real mobile, good-skating winger who has a great shot and a knack for scoring goals,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said after the draft. “He’s hard on the puck, takes pucks to the net, and we’re excited for that skillset.”
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