5 Prospects New Jersey Devils Can Take With New York Islanders Pick

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Oskar Olausson #24 of Sweden. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Oskar Olausson

Going back to the wing, the Devils would be very happy if Oskar Olausson ends up being the pick here. The Swedish forward has been a consistent scorer in Swedish junior leagues throughout his teenage years. He’s even contributed a bit to HV71 in the men’s SHL league. Three goals in 16 games might not seem like something to go home about. However, Alexander Holtz only had nine goals in his draft year, and we know what to expect from him moving forward.

His best asset is the ability to use speed and size to make plays. He’s 6’2 and can skate through a defense when the play goes his way. The fact he can do that and still play hard-nosed defense shows that a team can put him out on the ice without worrying what’s going the other way. Olausson is a player that some might consider close to being an NHL player, but his upside might be limited.

Olausson is considered a shooter in the offensive zone. The Devils could use a player that has a shoot-first mentality. There’s a lot of playmakers on this team, especially among the young players. This would give them a future winger who is looking to put himself in position to score goals. He wants to put the puck in the back of the net. That’s his main priority.

Olausson might not be available when the Devils pick, but other mock drafts say he falls to the mid-20s. This is a player that could grow into a really fun middle-six winger on a team that’s really building something special.