SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Gustav Olofsson (pronounced GOO-stahv OH-lawf-suhn) to a three-year entry-level contact staring with the 2014-15 season.
Olofsson, 19 (12/1/94), recorded eight points (4-4=8) and 20 penalty minutes (PIM) this season during his freshman campaign with Colorado College and was named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Academic All-Conference Team. The 6-foot-4, 191-pound native of Boras, Swe., tallied five points (1-4=5) and a plus-5 rating in seven games to help Sweden claim a silver medal at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. He ranked tied for second in scoring amongst defensemen in the tournament.
Olofsson collected 23 points (2-21=23), 59 PIM and a plus-11 rating in 63 games with the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2012-13. He was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team and played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Olofsson was selected by Minnesota in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He will report to the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) later this week.