Dylan Olsen was selected 28th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He had just come off of a 29 points in 53 games season with the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL. While his points totals were nothing to write home about, what undoubtedly drew the Blackhawks’ attention was his massive frame.
Olsen is 6’2″ and 223lbs. In his draft year, he used his size to force opponents to bend the knee. He had 123 penalty minutes which is his career-high, even to this day. His body was his ultimate weapon. Unfortunately, Olsen’s physicality could only take him so far once he reached the big league.
After playing 11 games with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the 2010-11 season, Olsen got his first chance to play professional hockey with the IceHogs. He potted four points in 42 games and ended the season with a -18. The following seasons would end up being relatively the same. He got a chance with the Blackhawks in the 2011-12 season, but he only scored one point in 28 games.
Olsen’s time with the Blackhawks would end on November 14th, 2013. He was packaged alongside Jimmy Hayes and traded to the Florida Panthers for Kris Versteeg and the signing rights to Philippe Lefebvre. Today, Olsen plays for the Wichita Thunder in the ECHL.
Olsen’s best year was the 2013-14 season, where he scored 12 points in 44 games with the Florida Panthers.