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#1 Barnes52

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 04:53 PM

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Hey guys, I thought I'd drop in and give you a little info on Nick Oslund. He's one of my best friends and we played on the same high school hockey team. First off, central scouting has him listed at 6'3 195. That's not accurate. He's 6'3 1/2 220. His dad is 6'5 - 6'6 and Ozzie is supposed to be the same height as his dad. He doesn't stop eating . Many of you probably think he is fat but he's not. I workout with him and he's an extremely built kid.

Ok, so a little bit about him this season in high school hockey. He led the Lake Conference in scoring, which is the toughest conference in the state for high school hockey. He basically carried our team. He obviously played on the first line, but he didn't get much help. That's why leading the Lake in scoring was that much more impressive. He has a great work ethic and plays every shift like its his last. He was a captain of our team and is very very intense. That's one of the main reasons he decided to go to St. Cloud for hockey. He told me Motzko is a very intense coach. Ozzie hits like a truck. One of the hardest hitters in the state. He also had one of the top shots in the state. It could be a little quicker, but boy he can fire it. With such a big frame you'd think he's probably slow. That's just the opposite, he was the fastest player on our team and most of the time against other teams. He has a very very long and powerful stride. That's why he's so fast. It's funny because he can't run worth a damn, but he can skate like the wind. He's a physical player that doesn't take any **** from other players. He trash talks a lot and people that don't know him very well, could think he's an arrogant kid.

One thing that's really annoying, is all the attention high school players like Forney, Fulton, Sneep, Marvin, etc. get because they dominate CLASS A. When a player like Ozzie dominates CLASS AA, but doesn't get the recognition because he didn't have as many points in a much much harder class. A whole different skill and physical level from Class A to Class AA. We played way way way harder teams than any of those guys. Sure, they had a few tough games, but look how many points they racked up against small town no name teams. People don't look into that enough. For those of you that don't know... there are 2 divisions in Minnesota High School Hockey. Class A is for smaller schools or less skilled teams, and Class AA is for the most competetive teams and bigger schools.

Nick "Ozzie" Oslund is a great guy. His head is on straight and he's a very outgoing guy. He's fun to be around and chill with. He's not cocky as some say, he's very modest. He can't wait to start next season in the USHL.

Trust me when I say this, he's the real deal. One of the Red Wings scouts visited his house 2 days before the draft and told Nick personally that he should have been rated much higher, but they were happy because they could take him as a sleeper. I promise you won't be disappointed. You guys got a real gem, and now I know why the Red Wing organization can find gems in the later rounds like Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Your scouting is awesome, because you found a stud.


If you have any other questions about him, feel free to ask in this post or PM me because I'm always on the HF Boards looking at stuff.
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He came into the Wings forum to post about this kid, knows him personally, love what I hear. I'm going to watch this kid carefully

Edited by Barnes52, 27 June 2006 - 04:54 PM.


#2 Heaton

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 05:12 PM

Some players just have names that give you good vibes, Nick Oslund? Sounds good to me!
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 05:29 PM

^^ Lol Heaton. His ancestors must be Swedish or something, in which case he's on the right track wink.gif

Good stuff. Thanks for posting it here, B52! What's great is we have this kid for 5 years (unless he signs earlier) before we need to sign him, so he's a bit of a project but has time to develop and come into his own. Love it.

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#4 Hatcher#2

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 06:26 PM

Thanks for this B52, this guy sounds great and it will be interesting to see how he develops. Just think, if both Oslund and Matthias reach their full potential both skill wise and Physically we could have two guys on the same line that are fast, physical and both of them are over 6'3" and 220 pounds. ohmy.gif
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#5 Barnes52

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 07:10 PM

LOl! I figured there was a lot of info out there about our other picks, I thought this was neat to hear what someone who actually played with him had to say...good stuff

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 07:43 PM

Heres another good read with a couple of opinions on the big guy:
http://www.thisweek-...y/27oslund.html
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:45 PM

RWC is pumping the more "company line" reports on the guys.
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#8 GiantRobot

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:54 PM

He likes to get under the skin of his opponents...sound slike my kind of D-man!
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#9 rage

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 12:29 AM

QUOTE(GiantRobot @ June 28, 2006 - 12:54AM) View Post

He likes to get under the skin of his opponents...sound slike my kind of D-man!

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NICK OSLUND

Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 6'3'' / 195 lbs.
Birthdate: November 15, 1987
Birthplace: Burnsville, Minnesota
Acquired: Detroit's sixth choice (191st overall) in the 2006 draft
CSS Ranking: 200th North American Skater (2006)
Contract: None (must sign by Aug. 15, 2011)
RWC Says: Role Player


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#10 RyanBarnes!

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 02:57 AM

I'll have to change my stance about this years draft. At first I was very disapointed when Detroit traded their first pick, because second rounders are an even bigger gamble than first rounders. However after reading that Detroit considered both Emmerton and Mathias in the first round and then were able to get both in the second it has got to be a good thing. Especially when Mathias draws comparisons to Bell. This Oslund kid seems like a real solid pick at 191 overall.
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Posted 28 June 2006 - 06:11 AM

RB!, does this mean you've stopped screaming for now? biggrin.gif

"He sits next to Steve in that locker room for a reason -- because we wanted him to internalize some of those things. Steve was able to will this organization to unbelievable years with the three Stanley Cups, and now it's up to someone else. Z has that kind of will and that work ethic and that passion to be the best. It's going to be his time." -- Coach Mike Babcock

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 08:39 AM

QUOTE(FunkyBlueFish203 @ June 28, 2006 - 06:11AM) View Post

RB!, does this mean you've stopped screaming for now? biggrin.gif
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Posted 28 June 2006 - 10:59 AM

This probably won't please the 'grit lovers' though. tongue.gif In regards to one of our other choices:

"Despite Axelsson’s high penalty totals, Nill said he isn’t a hard-hitting physical force. The bulk of his penalty minutes resulted from misconducts, and discipline is something he needs to work on. "

Ken Holland: Hes (Mursak) a young guy, provides energy, can skate, hes a puck hound.


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Posted 28 June 2006 - 11:09 AM

QUOTE(Aussie_Wing @ June 28, 2006 - 10:59AM) View Post

This probably won't please the 'grit lovers' though. tongue.gif In regards to one of our other choices:

"Despite Axelsson’s high penalty totals, Nill said he isn’t a hard-hitting physical force. The bulk of his penalty minutes resulted from misconducts, and discipline is something he needs to work on. "


Yeah i read that aswell but Hockeysfuture has him as a physical player:

"Axelsson has great size and is an aggressive and physical player. He has good timing in his hits. His skating, the intensity he plays with and his forechecking is quite good. Axelsson's main asset is his hockey sense and he is good at finding passing openings. At the same time he is a good scorer. Technical skills and hands are good. There is room for improvement when it comes to his defensive game and his acceleration."

You have to be somewhat physical and aggressive to recieve roughing calls and misconducts even if you don't drop the gloves.

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 02:21 PM

Optimism from both Barnses--How can it be?

(I keed).

Really, Matthias and Oslund just might be the kind of grinders we need. Too bad they're 4 or 5 years away, though. best of luck to them.

#16 incognito

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 04:02 PM

I will never doubt the Wings drafting tendancies. Especially with mastermind Hakan Andersson overseas. When we've had first rounders, we've done well with them (Kronwall) we get steals late in the draft (Zetterberg, Datsyuk, heck even Lidstrom was a 3rd rounder)

Say what you will about Holland, but few can doubt how well Detroit has drafted, especially with them drafting at the end of the rounds in recent years.

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 04:56 PM

I'm gonna be the slightly skeptical wet blanket just because of the source. A guy that doesn't take s##t, plays a physical game and brings it his hardest every night - that stuff doesn't have any problems staying with him as he climbs the ladder. But this is the guy's best friend we're hearing from - surely there is a downside. If my best friend were a prospect, I wouldn't post weaknesses in his game on the boards either. Things like his shot and his speed will definitely have to be watched, because flaws in your skating and your shot will be exposed as you get into more and more competitive leagues. We'll see. I like that the Wings themselves think they have a sleeper, because they have the knack for finding those. Let's find out how he does in juniors, I'm definitely intrigued, but not gonna get all googly-eyed just yet.
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#18 spydrwebb

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 04:00 PM

QUOTE(betterREDthandead @ July 13, 2006 - 05:56PM) View Post

I'm definitely intrigued, but not gonna get all googly-eyed just yet.

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 11:18 AM

QUOTE(Hatcher#2 @ June 27, 2006 - 06:26PM) View Post

Thanks for this B52, this guy sounds great and it will be interesting to see how he develops. Just think, if both Oslund and Matthias reach their full potential both skill wise and Physically we could have two guys on the same line that are fast, physical and both of them are over 6'3" and 220 pounds. ohmy.gif





Don't be an idiot Hatch, you know damn well Kenny will never let that happen.

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 06:55 PM

QUOTE(TNBT @ September 9, 2006 - 12:18PM) View Post

Don't be an idiot Hatch, you know damn well Kenny will never let that happen.

Unfortunately I think you're right.





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