Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has announced that they team has signed 2017 NHL Entry Draft fifth round pick (155th overall) Linus Ohlund to a three year, entry level contract.
The 20 year old Swede recently joined the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre Scranton on an amateur tryout agreement and will begin the first year of his new contract next season. The 6', 185 lb forward recently completed his third season in Sweden's SHL with Brynas HF where he tallied eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 51 games.
Here’s the full press release with details on Olund’s young career thus far, courtesy of the Penguins’ official website:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Linus Olund to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Olund's deal will begin with the 2018-19 campaign. He has already reported to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on an amateur tryout contract.
Pittsburgh chose Olund in the fifth round (155th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Olund, 20, recently wrapped up his third season playing professionally in Sweden's top league with Brynas IF. He established career highs across the board with eight goals, 15 assists and 23 points. In the postseason, he added five points (2G-3A) in eight games to tie for second on his club.
Last year, the 6-foot, 185-pound forward enjoyed a breakout campaign with Brynas in the postseason, tallying 10 points (6G-4A) in 20 games as his club advanced to the Swedish Hockey League's championship series. During the regular season, Olund produced eight goals, seven assists and 15 points in 39 contests.
Olund has been logging action in Sweden's top league since 2014-15, when he enjoyed a three-game cup of coffee skating for Brynas as a 17 year old. That same year, Olund was an alternate captain for Sweden's entry at the Under-18 World Junior Championship, where he led the team with five assists in five games.
While no one is expecting the youngster to crack the Penguins' lineup for next season, at the very least he'll provide the team with some scoring punch at the AHL level and could end up becoming a valuable player moving forward. Welcome to the big leagues, Linus!