Height: 6’0″/ Weight: 183 lbs.
Physical Play Average
Offensive Play Good
Defensive Play Great
Hockey Sense Excellent
1. Olsson is a great skater with good four-way mobility; his lateral ability and acceleration allow him to get into open ice in all three zones with ease.
2. His gap control is good, and his defensive IQ is great as well; he rarely puts himself in difficult situations
3. Olsson also has a fantastic wrister with the release of a scoring forward.
Area’s for Improvement
1. Gets tunnel vision at times in the offensive zone, and doesn’t have much creativity.
2. His shot is hit or miss.
Playing for the Malmo Redhawks in the SHL, Anton Olsson is quickly establishing himself as a solid young defenseman. He dominated Sweden’s U-16, U-18, and U-20 junior leagues and the U16 and U17 international tournaments. Although Olsson has only recorded 2 points in 33 SHL games for the Malmo Redhawks, he more than held his own as an 18-year-old defenseman playing in the 3rd best league in the world. Olsson is a great skater, with good lateral ability and agility; he pivots well and also possesses good backward skating skills. His skating and puck-skills also benefit him in the defensive zone. Not only is Olsson extremely poised under pressure, but he utilizes his skating and hands well to get out of trouble and effect clean zone exits with regularity. His defensive IQ is great; he rarely puts himself in difficult situations and is adept at separating players from the puck either with his stick or shoulder. Olsson also has a fantastic wrist shot but he is not the most accurate. Olsson is comparable to Hampus Lindholm of the Anaheim Ducks. Not only are they both Swedish, but they have a similar play style. Like Lindholm, Olsson projects to be a good two-way defenseman, with limited offensive upside. Anton Olsson looks like he could be a late first or early second-round pick in the 2021 draft.
An Two-way defenseman with great mobility and defensive IQ.
Style Comparison: Hampus Lindholm
NHL Potential: Top 4 Two-Way Defenseman
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