MHH’s Top 25 Under-25 Teams: #6 Oscar Olson

Top 25 Under 25 is a collaboration by members of the Mile High Hockey team. Eight writers rated players under the age of 25 as of August 1, 2022 in Colorado Avalanche organisation. Each participant used their own value scale to rank each player. Now, we’ll count down each of the 25 ranked players.

Ranked 28th overall in 2021 NHL ProjectHope rests on the shoulders of Oskar Olausson as the top real potential client on our list. A big winger with an NHL shot, Olausson has already proven he can beat next-level goalkeepers in the handful of pre-season games he played last season. The expectation is that Olausson will do well again at the upcoming camps this month and set himself up for a call-up, possibly as early as this year.

Olausson honed his career in Sweden as an eligible recruit in his 18-year-old season in 2020-21 spent some time with the big club HV71 in 16 games. While he scored only four points, he proved that he can play against the men in the SHL. Unfortunately, HV71 was relegated to the second tier of Sweden and left the question in the air as to where the young striker would best play next season.

After getting a claim by OHL’s Barrie Colts on a CHL import project, Olausson agreed to cross the pond and begin adapting to hockey and culture in North America. Junior hockey may not have been a perfect fit but it allowed him to work on the details before playing professional hockey for the AHL. Olausson had some inconsistencies at times but when he was really dominant as is evident with the hat-trick posted below. A mid-season deal sent Olusson to the Oshawa Generals to end the year which took some time to reset again but added two more hat-tricks including a four-goal performance to his resume at the end of the season.

Olausson’s international play was also a big part of his 2021-22 season as he competed in the World Junior Championships twice. The first was canceled in December after just two games, but Olusson had Sweden’s first goal of the tournament on the board. Last month’s completed edition saw Oscar’s strong performance with five points in seven matches including a powerful play-goal with his iconic shot. Sweden had a hard time sparking an attack but was generally successful enough to win a bronze medal and Olusson was a big part of the team.

Next season, Olausson is expected to start his professional career with the Colorado Eagles most likely. He got a taste of action in the AHL after his junior season ended and played four playoff games where he scored two points playing all over the squad. Olausson is really good on the front check and has good offensive instincts with that amazing shot of him but he still needs to fine-tune a few details about playing off the disc. He should get his chance with an avalanche sooner rather than later because his game is so reminiscent of Andrei Burakovsky and it’s not unrealistic for Olusson to achieve that kind of ceiling.

2022 Top 25 Under 25

number 7: Justus Annan

number 8: Sean Burns

number 9: Jean-Luc Fody

Number 10: Sambo Beach

No. 11: Martin Coyote

Number 12: Alex Bocage

Number 13: Mikhail Maltsev

Number 14: Shane Powers

#15th: Colby Ambrosio

Number 16: Danila Zuravliov

Number 17: Andrei Boyalsky

Number 18: Matthew Steinburg

No. 19: Nikolai Kovalenko

Number 20: Trent Miner

Number 21: Keaton Middleton

Number 21: White Amoudt

Number 23: Taylor McCarr

Number 24: Nathan Clorman

No. 25: Ivan Zygalov