Blades Add Tender

The Saskatoon Blades have acquired the rights to Carolina Hurricanes goaltending prospect Collin Olson from the Prince George Cougars.

The deal also has future considerations heading to Saskatoon as part of the trade. The 6’3 goaltender was selected in the 6th round, 159th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Hurricanes. In exchange for the 1994-born product of Apple Valley, Minnesota, the Blades have dealt prospect Joel Lakusta and a conditional 6th round selection to Prince George.

“We were presented with the opportunity to acquire an NHL prospect goaltender and we are going after it,” said new Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods, marking the first move he’s made since taking over his new position last week. “Our next task will be speaking to Collin and his family about the opportunity of signing with the Blades.”

Olson spent the last two seasons at Ohio State University before eventually finishing the 2013-14 year with the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers. He appeared in 20 regular season games for the Musketeers, posting a record of 12-3-1-1 with a 2.31 goals against average a .923 save percentage and one shutout.

Olson also has a history of success on the national stage for the United States. In 2010-11 he took home a Silver medal as part of the Under-17 World Hockey Championships. He was named as the best goaltender at the World Under-18 Hockey Championships one year later as Team USA won Gold, posting a goals against average of 0.80 and a save percentage of .966.

The Saskatoon Blades welcome Collin Olson and his family to the organization. We also wish Joel Lakusta the best as he pursues his dreams with the Prince George Cougars.

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