With the NHL Draft right around the corner, we wanted to take some time and profile each American that was named on the final rankings put out by NHL Central Scouting for North American skaters.
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” This old adage holds true for Kyle Olson. He may not be the biggest guy on the ice, but you can be sure he won’t be pushed around. This season, Kyle played a big role in an already stacked offensive unit. He not only ended up with the 6th most points on the team, he also had the best +/- rating. This red head will knock you around, skate around you, and score all on the same shift.
How did you feel about your play this last season?
Overall, I thought I had a pretty good season this past year but there is always room for improvements to be made. I thought that I was put in a position where I was relied upon by the coaches and did my best to contribute to help the team win.
What are your goals for this next season, for you personally, and for the team overall?
My goals for the upcoming season are to get bigger and stronger, and I want to be able to play in all situations. I want to be one of the top forwards on the Americans and be a leader for the team on and off the ice. Our goal as a team is to win the WHL and Memorial Cup championships, and I think with such a deep and hardworking team we are going to have, it is definitely possible.
What are you doing this off season to not only get ready for August (our camp and possibly NHL camp), but also what are you doing to stay focused on your goals?
This offseason is a big one for me. I’m working on putting on weight and strength, along with getting faster so I can elevate my game and be ready for a big season ahead. I have been doing a lot of on ice skill work and powerskating as well as a lot of off-ice training. I am going through every day this offseason with my goals in mind to use them as motivation for my training, seeing as some of them aren’t too far away.
Every kid who grew up playing hockey dreamed of hearing their name called at the Draft. What are you feeling now that the dream is so close to possibly coming true?
It’s a pretty unbelievable feeling to know that come June, my name could be called in the NHL draft. It would be a huge accomplishment but if it happens or not, the hard work still needs to continue because it’s just another step in the process of reaching my ultimate goal to play in the NHL.
What are you going to be doing on draft day? (at your house with family, in Chicago, not watching the draft)
My family and I haven’t quite yet decided on whether or not we are going to the draft. Either way, I will definitely be watching it and keeping an eye out for the other players on the Americans that get drafted as it is a very exciting time for us all.