Oscar Dansk

Get to know a draft pick — Oscar Dansk

All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Oscar Dansk (G)

Height: 6’2 Weight: 186 Catches: Left

Team: Brynas Jr. (Swe-Jr)

Country: Sweden

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 2 among European goaltenders

What kind of player is he?

A promising young goaltender who already has some experience on the international stage.

He probably won’t be the first goaltender selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he is likely to get scooped up within the first two rounds. As is typically the case with a netminder, he shouldn’t be counted on to compete for a job at the NHL level immediately following the draft. However, he does have enough upside to eventually become a starting goaltender at the NHL level.

The Hockey Writers compared his composure to Jaroslav Halak.


“Dansk exploded on the draft scene with a strong World Jr. A Challenge as he backstopped Team Sweden to a 1-0, 44 save performance against the defending champions; Team USA. Dansk is arguably the best stick handler in the draft. He plays a hybrid style that is both calm and collected and has solid net coverage thanks to his 6’2 frame. Dansk had a strong regular season but faltered in the playoffs, however his performance to conclude the season at the World U18 Championships led to a silver medal despite being pulled in the gold medal game. Dansk is a composed goalie with solid fundamentals.” — David Burstyn, McKeen’s Hockey

More draft profiles:

Nail Yakupov

Filip Forsberg

Malcolm Subban

Ryan Murray

Pontus Aberg

Sharks send three to AHL; still waiting on Torres suspension

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The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.

Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.

Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.

Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.

Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.

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Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.