Olsen signs; U.S. wins

Former NHL first-round draft pick Dylan Olsen, a Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, signed a three-year, two-way contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and will join the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Ill., following the World Junior Championships.

Olsen, 19, leaves UMD with two goals and 22 assists for 24 points in 53 career games. This season, he had a goal and 12 assists for 13 points in 17 games before leaving to join Canada for the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Canada finished the preliminary round 3-1 following a shootout loss to Sweden on Friday. The tournament runs through Jan. 5.

“Dylan was having a good year and we were expecting a better, more confident player to return to us after the experience of the junior tournament,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “We knew how much making Canada’s team meant to him and that it could only help his play. We’re just disappointed he chose to make a change at midseason.”

Sandelin did note that recent academic developments would likely have left Olsen ineligible for the second semester.

In the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Olsen was selected in the first round and 28th overall by Chicago after playing two seasons with Camrose in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. His contract calls for an NHL salary of $525,000 the first year, $700,000 the second and $810,000 the third, with a signing bonus of $90,000 each year. He would make $67,500 playing in the minor leagues.

The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (12-4-3) leave Saturday for Potsdam, N.Y., and a non-conference series Monday and Tuesday with Clarkson University (10-5-2)

The Bulldogs are also without senior winger Kyle Schmidt who suffered a bone displacement in a hand Wednesday at practice. He’ll have a pin or plate inserted in the hand Tuesday and will miss a minimum of one month, he said. Schmidt had seven goals and five assists in 18 games this season. UMD freshman defenseman Justin Faulk will miss the Clarkson series while with the United States at the World Junior Championships.

AND IF YOU want to see Mike Connolly shatter a pane of tempered glass at Amsoil Arena, the Northland’s NewsCenter has some My9 video here.

The United States edged Switzerland 2-1 Friday to finish the World Junior Championships preliminary round unbeaten. UMD’s Justin Faulk had an assist on a Chris Kreider power-play goal. The Americans have a bye into Monday’s semifinals and will meet the Canada-Switzerland winner. Sweden will meet the Finland-Russia winner. A U.S. game recap from the IIHF website is here.

14 thoughts on “Olsen signs; U.S. wins

  1. Nice to leave your teammates in the middle of the season. To bad Mr Olson you are going to miss winning a National Championship. And don’t come looking for a ring because you played half a season. The almighty dollar at work again. Chicago, Mr Olson turns the puck over alot at the wrong time.

    • Zach, I have to chuckle. After watching the UMD Bulldogs get their butt spanked last night at Amsoil, there is little chance that UMD will win a National title in hockey this year.

      They are on a serious losing streak right now. The FCC line is great but thats where it ends for the Dawgs. So far, they have been nothing but lucky. Dylan sees the writing on the wall…

  2. When it rains, it pours on this team. This does seem like a crappy thing to do to his team… Can the Dogs turn a now sinking season around? Doesn’t look good. Maybe Clarkson is the balm they need. I’ll trade the new arena for a few goals and wins any day. Put the puck in the net!

  3. Mighty dollar and the fact that he was going to be academically ineligible to play anyway, led to this quick decision. And don’t think you wouldn’t do the same thing if you were in his shoes Zach! So quit acting so butt hurt over it!

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  5. Pretty crappy to leave the team in the middle of the year…so long buddy you were shaky at best in 50 of the 53 games you played anyway…and to top it off you couldn’t get the grades to continue playing anyway. Whats worse is the loss of Kyle for at least a month….much more of an impact player IMO and doesn’t make nearly as many mental mistakes as good old #4…Once Faulk and Schmidt are back you won’t even notice Olsen is gone.

  6. This is just the opportunity that Drew Olson needs. He skates better, and at times can be a more physical player than Dylan. I just wish that Drew had had the first half of the season to gain ice time.

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  8. Jeff
    He quit on his teammates. He couldn’t cut the school part of it so he had to sit out or leave. So by not doing what he was suppose to do he quit on his teammates. If he does his school work and waits til the end of the season he get a better deal. I am also sick of the NHL taking these players and putting them in the minors. If they take them for the big league that one thing. Leave these kids to develope and get stronger then take them. Just like Letty, Olson will go to the minors. Olson will get his but kicked when he starts pushing guys after the play and talking trash. The minors are full of guys wanting to prove themself to move up to the big league. What a better way to do that then take out the new hot shot.

  9. Wow, sounds like a bunch of jealous people. Why would a young man like Dylan not jump at this opportunity. It is tough to be a full time student and do all of the training required of these young hockey players. Also, hockey is their passion, not school. His salary is more than teachers make after many years of teaching. I would jump at the opportunity as well. This also opens the door for other players to get more ice time with UMD. His team-mates would do the same thing if they were presented with this same opportunity.

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