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Aaaaand another 2 assists for Olson. Now has 27 points in 31 games... last year he had 24 points in 68 games. Was also -13 last year and is now +16 this year. Him and Ruopp (Columbus 5th round pick) easily have the best plus/minus on the team. The rest of the guys are around or below +10. The Cougars are a better team this year but it's still worth noting.

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4 minutes ago, Nas19 said:

Aaaaand another 2 assists for Olson. Now has 27 points in 31 games... last year he had 24 points in 68 games. Was also -13 last year and is now +16 this year, the best on the Cougars. The Cougars are a better team this year but it's still worth noting.

He looked pretty good tonight. Wasn't instrumental in either goal but he was all over the ice and very noticeable. 

He carries the puck much better than he did last year and his decision making is relatively straightforward in that he isn't trying to do too much. The physical play is the same but he's added much more fluidity to his game. He isn't rushing the play, skates with confidence, and was making quality first passes. Usually in goid position and supports the play well but isn't sticking to a stay at home game. He is safe but not afraid. 

I don't think the offensive numbers are indicative of what he will do at the next levels but it's a good indication that he can translate into a pro. All good signs. Looking like a solid pick...he has a chance now. 

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11 hours ago, theminister said:

He looked pretty good tonight. Wasn't instrumental in either goal but he was all over the ice and very noticeable. 

He carries the puck much better than he did last year and his decision making is relatively straightforward in that he isn't trying to do too much. The physical play is the same but he's added much more fluidity to his game. He isn't rushing the play, skates with confidence, and was making quality first passes. Usually in goid position and supports the play well but isn't sticking to a stay at home game. He is safe but not afraid. 

I don't think the offensive numbers are indicative of what he will do at the next levels but it's a good indication that he can translate into a pro. All good signs. Looking like a solid pick...he has a chance now. 

Yeah, even Aaron Rome put up decent junior numbers.  I think for defensemen at that level, it more or less projects what kind of sense the guy has for the game.

All our defense draft picks from this lsat draft are starting to look like good late round value picks

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13 hours ago, Hutton Wink said:

Jansen Harkins - 31 points in 35GP (-2)

Tate Olson - 27 points in 32GP (+18, leads team)

I chalk that up to mostly a statistical anomaly.

Harkins plays against all of the top lines and pairings, and has a much greater skill set.

Olson is playing steady D but the points are coming mostly as incidentals from what I can tell.

Plus-minus in junior is an even worse measurement than in the NHL.

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Article on Tate from a couple days ago:

Selected second-to-last in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the expectations for Vancouver Canucks prospect Tate Olson should not be too high. Seventh-round picks seldom make it to the NHL — and if they do, that is a big plus rather than the expectation. However, Olson is showing a lot of promise early in his “draft+1” season.

Olson, a member of the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars, is a 6-foot-2, 174-pound defenceman known for his two-way game. A decent skater with excellent defensive positioning and a long reach, he knows how to knock the puck off of his opponents’ stick. Olson relies on that long reach and stick work a little too much at times, and goes for the puck rather than the body. He could add some muscle weight to his frame and add that extra physicality to his game.

Furthermore, Olson plays crisp, accurate outlet passes, and moves the puck around well behind the net or in the offensive zone. He possesses an accurate shot, making him an offensive weapon on the power play.

So why did it take so long for him to be drafted?

Two words: decision making. Olson likes to play a very aggressive defensive style, but over-commits at times. He occasionally makes questionable decisions when it comes down to throwing a hit or playing the puck. The same thing goes for the offence as well. Olson is a decent passer and stick-handler, but occasionally makes odd decisions with the puck, resulting in unnecessary turnovers.

Still, the Vancouver Canucks landed a player with a lot of potential late in the draft. If he gets his decision making under control and his hockey sense proves to be good enough for the world’s best hockey league, we should definitely see him in Vancouver one day.

Prince George resident Jesse Phillips gave us some insight on how the 2015-16 season has been going for Olson:

Tate, as of recently, has really started to find his stride. He is consistently paired with 17-year-old, Shane Collins, but finds himself filling in all over the place, wherever needed. Coach Mark Hollik relies on Tate to be the type of utility defenceman that every coach wishes he had. Tate excels at separating the puck from the opposing team and pushing the play up ice quickly, before the other team can re-group. Unfortunately, this can sometimes result in him trying to do a little too much. 

While Tate is a rock during 5-on-5 play, he is no slouch on special teams either. He uses his keen offensive skills to quarterback the Cougars’ first powerplay unit, sifting soft passes through to create scoring chances. Not only have Tate’s technical abilities improved this year, but his defensive positioning is top notch. This is always evident as Olson is one of the first players over the boards on the penalty kill.

Tate’s current play continues to track upwards we could see him as a NHL third-pairing puck moving defenceman who can step into special teams whenever called upon. As for now, he is going to continue to be a key weapon in the Prince George Cougars’ arsenal.

So far this season, Olson has scored two goals and added 21 assists for 23 points in 28 games. He is the Cougars’ sixth-best scorer despite having missed six games.

Prince George made the WHL playoffs for the first time in what feels like forever last season. This year, they are third in the B.C. Division, in a head-to-head race with the Victoria Royals.

Tate Olson is one of the team’s big leaders — let’s hope he can be just that for the Canucks one day as well!

For more updates on Olson and the Cougars, check out Jesse’s blog Phil’s Cougar Cave and follow him on Twitter @jessephil.

http://thecanuckway.com/2015/12/31/vancouver-canucks-tate-olson-diamond-in-the-rough/

 

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Having had the fortune of seeing the kid play live in PG and elsewhere in the league about 15 times over the past 2 years let's temper our expectations, and recall that, depending on which exact stat you go with,  picks taken beyond the 3rd round have between a 6 and 12 percent chance of playing regularly in the NHL.

I hope he beats the odds, but odds are based off of real players success/failure from the past.  

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Another big game for Olson 1 goal 2 assists and despite being a -2 he played a very solid two way game again.  His 35 points put him 10th in defense man scoring while at the same time playing very solid defense. I do know however that there are several guys I chat with you hate him and view him as a defensive liability so he is a polarizing player among at least part of the fanbase. BTW he is aware of this thread and apparently has read it at least once

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26 minutes ago, Big Mike said:

Another big game for Olson 1 goal 2 assists and despite being a -2 he played a very solid two way game again.  His 35 points put him 10th in defense man scoring while at the same time playing very solid defense. I do know however that there are several guys I chat with you hate him and view him as a defensive liability so he is a polarizing player among at least part of the fanbase. BTW he is aware of this thread and apparently has read it at least once

Is he really that bad defensively? Seems to be making it happen on the offense though... 

Also did he really read this thread? How do you know this? 

This kid has as many points as Jansen Harkins now by the way, and in less games too. 

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5 minutes ago, suitup said:

Is he really that bad defensively? Seems to be making it happen on the offense though... 

Also did he really read this thread? How do you know this? 

This kid has as many points as Jansen Harkins now by the way, and in less games too. 

IMO he's pretty solid defensively not everyone agrees with me though

I mentioned it to him a while back after a game and a few weeks later he mentioned to a friend of mine that he'd read this topic and found it funny that it even existed.

He's 2 points back right from Harkins right now with 3 games less played

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