30. Detroit Red Wings (from Vegas) – Jacob Olofsson
Unlike a few players mentioned previously, Olofsson had more of a chance to show himself playing for Timra of the Alllsvenskan (one step below the SHL). In 43 games with the team, he had 10 goals and 21 points. Much like Isac Lundestrom, Olofsson is considered a safe pick, as started by Sportsnet’s Sam Consentino.
"A safe pick who possesses size at the centre position. He has produced at second line centre levels, but that may be a bit of a stretch at the next level."
Again, a safe pick is something that should be targeted if there isn’t somebody that really piques your interest. It looks to be the exact situation that Lundestrom finds himself in, although Olofsson might have less offensive production in the NHL. It’s his work ethic and how he uses his six-foot-two frame that will help him take the next step.
When the Red Wings acquired this pick from the Golden Knights, they probably didn’t think it would it be this low. Beggars can’t be choosers, though, so they’ll have to deal with it. If it allows them to take a player like Olfosson, you have to think that they wouldn’t mind picking a little later than they thought.
Another team that needs to improve their depth down the middle in the future. Taking Olofsson on top of Barrett Hayton gives the Red Wings just that. With Hayton a bit of a riskier pick, Olofsson gives them a safer option to go along with him.