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07-06-2010, 06:33 PM
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Leafs Pick: Norwegian Sondre Olden

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hoc.../14627386.html

The gathered media couldn’t resist the bad Norwegian jokes as they waited to meet the Maple Leafs’ latest Nordic prodigy, Sondre Olden.

“Bet he drives a ‘Fjord’ Escort,” said one.

“Does he play the game in O-slo motion?,” deadpanned another.

Olden is hearing the same kind of jibes from teammates at the Leafs prospect camp and is bound to hear a few more in the coming season. But he intends to have the last laugh down the road if he can fill a role at forward.

The mid-round draft choice last month certainly stands tall at this camp, around 6-foot-4, though at just 173 pounds.

“If you’re big, it’s easier to get known by the scouts,” Olden said Tuesday. “So I’m happy I’m so big. Norway is not a big hockey country, maybe 3,000 players. The guys here think I’m Swedish, but I tell them I’m proud to be Norwegian.”

Olden enhanced his chances to get noticed by leaving his Oslo suburb to play with MoDo of the Swedish junior league. He had 27 points in 32 games, bringing him to the attention of the Leafs’ European scout Thommie Bergman. He, in turn, pestered amateur scouting director Dave Morrison to take a look and that led Olden to the draft and then the Mastercard Centre for the next stage of his development.

“All three of our Scandinavian kids here are impressive — Olden, Daniel Brodin, and (defenceman) Petter Granberg,” said player development director Jim Hughes. “They’re all here at light speed right now because we just drafted them and got them on planes here to see our city, our practice facility and to meet (general manager) Brian Burke. They all bring a good skill set.”

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Can't wait to see these guys in the big club

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When can Olden play in the AHL? Next year, or the year after?

I really want to see these guys play.

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Can't wait to see these guys in the big club
Chances are, maybe one of them will spend a season or two with the big club.

I know this is a prospects board, but seriously...

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When can Olden play in the AHL? Next year, or the year after?

I really want to see these guys play.
Being a Euro pick, he can play right away. Though, it's probably better for his development to play a season or two in Europe before coming over. He doesn't have AHL strength yet (only 173lbs is ridiculous for his height), so let him develop at his own rate. In 2-3 years, when he's fully matured, he can come over as a 20-21 year old and get some experience with the Marlies...

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When can Olden play in the AHL? Next year, or the year after?

I really want to see these guys play.
The only one for the Leafs from the '10 draft class thatr can play in the AHL is Daniel Brodin

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Consider that the Red Wings REALLY wanted this guy,maybe we stole the next Henrik Zetterberg?

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The only one for the Leafs from the '10 draft class thatr can play in the AHL is Daniel Brodin
Why not let Brodin graduate from the 4th line in the SEL first before bringing him over..

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one of my good friends was norwegian born and raised (came over to play american football for CIS, go figure)....and we used to always mention how the norwegian version of the "drive-by shooting" is an olympic event called the biathlon

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Consider that the Red Wings REALLY wanted this guy,maybe we stole the next Henrik Zetterberg?
Or the next Andrei Maximenko? Not every Red Wings late rounder is a superstar.

That said, it is still a good indicator if Detroit were high on one of our picks because their scouting staff is top notch.

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Why not let Brodin graduate from the 4th line in the SEL first before bringing him over..
I know he's not ready, I'm just saying he's the only eligible one (since he's 20)

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I know he's not ready, I'm just saying he's the only eligible one (since he's 20)
I think that rule is for CHL:ers, not europeans. Nicklas Bergfors and Tomas Tatar played in the AHL before they turned 20.

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I think that rule is for CHL:ers, not europeans. Nicklas Bergfors and Tomas Tatar played in the AHL before they turned 20.
Oh , Okay thanks did not know that.

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I think that rule is for CHL:ers, not europeans. Nicklas Bergfors and Tomas Tatar played in the AHL before they turned 20.
Right you are.

Players drafted out of Europe can play in the AHL before they are 20, unlike players drafted out of the CHL.

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Pretty cool how they're bringing these guys over from Europe to check out the city and meet with the coaching & management staff so soon after being drafted. Its a great way to introduce these kids right away to what it means to be a Leaf and hopefully they'll take some of the stuff they see and learn during their trip here to assist with their development ...

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The Leafs have this mythical mis understanding from other fans that the Leafs have horrible scouting. It's the fact that the Leafs always traded their picks for older players that was the issue.

Thommie Bergman is one of the best Euro scouts in the game. I trust anything this guy throws at us. I'm excited for that Olden kid in a couple of years. Also that Granberg pick seems to be a steal if he can become another Carl Gunnarsson.

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Being a Euro pick, he can play right away. Though, it's probably better for his development to play a season or two in Europe before coming over. He doesn't have AHL strength yet (only 173lbs is ridiculous for his height), so let him develop at his own rate. In 2-3 years, when he's fully matured, he can come over as a 20-21 year old and get some experience with the Marlies...
I played road hockey with a guy that size when I was young. We used to use him to get the hockey ball out of the sewer.

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The more I read about Olden, the more excited at get about the guys potential. He's got the right frame, from the sounds of it a great attitude, and he's excelled at every stage he's played at...even dominated at most of them.

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I think Olden is getting drafted into the CHL this year.

Let's give him a couple of years of junior before we crash him on the shores of leaf nation.

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He is still my favourite Leaf pick of the draft. Great selection IMO.

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I think Olden is getting drafted into the CHL this year.

Let's give him a couple of years of junior before we crash him on the shores of leaf nation.
Draft is over and done with and Olden was not chosen, whether or not he opted in.

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Draft is over and done with and Olden was not chosen, whether or not he opted in.
He's probably better off at MoDo, the club that developed Markus Naslund, Peter Forsberg, the Sedins, and more recently Victor Hedman, Tobias Enstrom and fellow Norwegian Mats Zuccarello-Aasen.

This is a fine place for him to grow.

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He's probably better off at MoDo, the club that developed Markus Naslund, Peter Forsberg, the Sedins, and more recently Victor Hedman, Tobias Enstrom and fellow Norwegian Mats Zuccarello-Aasen.

This is a fine place for him to grow.
I wholeheartedly disagree. I see no reason not to bring over European players who want to come over immediately after being drafted. That is what the AHL and ECHL are for. If a player struggles getting use to the NA game, then send him to Columbia. That way, you have direct control over their development. This is not a shot at the Euro leagues at all, but it has always frustrated me that teams do not make full use of the developmental tools and programs that they have available. Why have them if you don't intend to use them?

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