Going back for an overage year in junior is never a good sign. I think this guy leaving Sweden was a terrible mistake.
Absolutely not. He needed to start playing the North American game, and didn't do too bad as a rookie, new to the league, an on one of the worst teams in CHL history.
Also, in the case of the Leafs, it's a numbers game. Look how many prospects we have joining the Marlies next year (potentially). He still needs development time, and he spent a lot of the season injured.
Wtach him go back into the draft, Detroit select him in the 7th rd, and become the next Zetterberg
That would be our luck.
Actually Blasted Sabre, Thommie Bergman the Leafs European scout, had persuaded the team to use the 79th pick from LA on Olden, screwing over Detroit . Hakan Andersson, who is Detroit's European scout is Bergman's friend. The two had discussed Olden before Bergman had seen the kid play, after hearing Andersson's extreme praise of the youngster (and not to mention knowing his ability in pulling gems out of the later rounds), Bergman went and scouted Olden. He returned several times more, and at the draft in the 3rd round with Olden still on the board, he suggested that they use the 79th pick for him before Detroit snatched him at 81st. the rest is history. So if he came up again I'm sure Detroit wouldn't be so slow this time.
hes just not that good ....he is what he is a project ...jerry damigo will be better than alot of these project kids
Saw him live playing the London Knights who had Tinordi, Namestnikov, Knight, on the ice plus all their young guns. Olden was the best player on the ice. Played the power play and scored a shortie on the PK. This guy is big, fast and has a great shot. He is the real deal and letting him go would be a big mistake. Lot's of time for the Leafs to sign him.
It was kind of obvious that Olden wouldn't have been ready to play in the AHL based on his less than impressive OHL season. He is an odd prospect. There is a substantial wow factor to seeing this tall, skinny kid's skills without the production. He always was and I suspect remains a project.