Jacob Olofsson

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C JACOB OLOFSSON
Birthdate: 2000-02-08
Birthplace: Piteå, Sweden
Shoots: Left
Height: 6′-3″
Weight: 190 lbs
NHL Draft: 2018 | 2nd round | 56th overall
Montreal Canadiens own rights until June 1, 2022

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Skellefteå AIK (SHL) 2019-21


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Jacob Olofsson’s Elite Prospects Stats Page


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Olofsson is a well rounded two-way center with good playmaking abilities. He’s an overall strong skater with a long skating stride and just a tick above-average speed/acceleration. He gets himself up and down the rink at ease with his good positioning and high-end hockey IQ. He has solid playmaking skills and passing abilities. He possesses good vision and processes the game both offensively and defensively at a mature level. Olofsson has an accurate wrist shot and picks his spots well but overall his shot is average. He has decent puck skills and is not afraid to cut through two defenders or use sharp stick skills to beat a defender one-on-one. He’s a premium defensive forward who uses his stick well defensively, smart read and reacts doesn’t panic or crumble under pressure. He’s solid along the boards at picking out and/or disrupting plays and gets to the shooting lanes well. Olofsson will need to increase his offensive creativity, work on his top-end speed and utilize his shot more often.

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“Very all-round two-way center. Soft hands and a capable skater. Works hard and has a good frame. Skilled shooter and passer and a very good team player.” – (Elite Prospects)

“a two-way center with a pro-frame and power to go with it. Could be quicker, but doesn’t show any real holes in his game,” – (Draftin Europe)

“Center playing both power play and penalty kill for the best team in Allsvenskan. Steps up in big situations and tries to create offense. Sometimes sloppy and needs to cover the puck better but a very interesting prospect ” – Jimmy Hamrin (McKeen’s Hockey)

“A skilled two-way center with an advanced brain and the size to augment his puck skills, this Swedish pivot had an outstanding season playing against adult competition, which included a solid playoff run that helped Timra win the title and playoff to join the SHL ranks for next season. Olofsson is a strong two-way center that had a tremendous season in Sweden’s Allsvenskan. He was named the league’s top rookie — an award previously won by the likes of William Karlsson and Filip Forsberg. Big, strong, aggressive, tenacious and equally skilled with the puck on either his forehand or backhand, Olofsson can be used in any situation and has the ability to make slick plays near the net. He has an array of moves to beat you 1-on-1 or 1-on-4. He plays in all situations and will use a quick-strike mentality no matter the zone he controls the puck in. Olofsson is very dangerous off the rush since he owns a hard, accurate shot, plus the vision and hands to set-up the linemate who will produce the best chance. He’s a beast on the puck and likes to get his hands dirty on the forecheck or in battles along the wall.” – Steve Kournianos (The Draft Analyst)


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