Calvin De Haan looks like he’ll be a smooth skater, a good puck handler with a good work ethic when he gets a little older. Today the defenseman became a member of the Oslo Outlaws. The 22-year-old Canadian is Oslo’s second player to come in the draft. They took 20-year-old Czech Tomas Hertl with the fifth overall pick. A year ago at this time, Oslo didn’t have many young defenseman on the roster aside from prospect Jarred Tinordi and 25-year-old Matt Irwin. General menager Chris Lee remedied that situation. He traded last season, gaining Luca Sbisa, 24, as part of the first Shea Weber deal that also involved Pavel Datsyuk and Tyler Seguin. Then he acquired Eric Gelinas, 23, and Morgan Rielly, 20, in the Ryan Suter trade this month with Gothenburg. So now, with the trades and draft, Oslo’s roster includes four blueliners who are 24 or younger and have potential in the 80PO area, as well as Tinordi.
London, which had already acquired goalie Martin Jones and forward Nikita Kucherov in the draft, went the prospect route in Round 2, taking smooth skating forward William Nylander. The Dons already had 3 prospects – defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Robert Hagg, as well as forward Jason Zucker – in the system.
Michael Dal Colle, another prospect forward, was promptly selected by Belfast with the next pick. Dal Colle will have good pro size if he fills out a little more and he played for the gold medal-winning Team Canada U18 team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament.
To this point in the draft, 8 prospects have been picked and 4 of them have come in the last 5 picks.