Minnesota's top 2013 selection will be playing on the biggest prospect stage later this month.
2013 second round pick (46th overall) Gustav Olofsson, currently a freshman defenseman for Colorado College, was selected Thursday to play for Sweden's upcoming U-20 World Junior Championship team. It's a first for Oloffson, who has never played internationally for Sweden.
In a way the 19 year-old gets to return home to Sweden to play for his country.
“I was a little overlooked living here so I never got a chance to play for the U17 and U18 teams,” he told Joe Paisley of the Colorado Springs Gazette. “This is my last chance to play for my country as an amateur and that makes this a little extra special. Having it in my home country makes it even bigger for me personally.”
The Umea, Sweden native has lived in the United States since 2010 also playing for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL in addition to Colorado College. Olofosson has five points (3G-2A) playing for the Tigers, who currently are 1-10-2.
(For an individual look at Oloffson's play, Chris Dilks of SB Nation College Hockey wrote something on him last week.)
The 2014 World Junior Championships run from December 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014 in Malmo, Sweden.
With Olofsson, the only Swede playing NCAA Hockey picked for Sweden's team, and 2012 first round pick Mathew Dumba scheduled to play in this year's WJC, there should be plenty of reasons to watch. Dumba was named to Canada's Selection Camp earlier this week. While currently playing for the Wild, he will be loaned by Minnesota barring injury.
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