Wild drafts blue liner Gustav Olofsson with No. 46 pick


The Minnesota Wild selected defenseman Gustav Olofsson in the second-round (No. 46 overall) of the NHL Draft Sunday in New Jersey.

Olofsson is a 6-foot-3 Swedish blue liner who played at Green Bay in the USHL last season. In a brief comment with the Star Tribune, Olofsson said he is "unbelievably excited."

He tells the Pioneer Press that he models his game after Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin.

"Gustav is a big mobile defenseman that really jumped up our draft rankings." Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr tells FOX Sports North. "He's an intelligent player with quality natural instincts for the game. We feel like his game will continue to improve as he gets stronger and gains experience."

He'll play his college hockey at Colorado College this fall.

Here's how the rest of the Wild's draft went:

Round 3: Kurtis Gabriel, right wing

Round 4: Dylan Labbe, center

Round 5: Carson Soucy, defenseman

Round 6: Avery Peterson, center from Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Round 7: Nolan De Jong, defenseman

Round 7: Alexandre Belanger, goalie

Click here for analysis on what each pick is all about.

Next Up

BMTN - Target drive up bag booze

The 5 cent charge for carryout bags is coming back in Minneapolis

The ordinance was suspended at the start of the pandemic.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Charges: Man stabbed ex-girlfriend, her mom in Crystal apartment

He became "enraged" after she said she didn't want to have sex, the complaint says.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild have work to do to build a cup contender around Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov is locked in for five years, but can Bill Guerin do enough to turn the Wild into a true contender?


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, September 22

Nearly 800 people are currently hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19.

Pixabay laptop keyboard phone dark

Charges: MN man had more than 50 child porn files saved

The images and videos include victims under the age of 13, authorities said.

Proctor football

MN high school football team being investigated for 'student misconduct'

Football activities for grades 9-12 have been paused amid the investigation.


Woman dies after being hit by vehicle in Minneapolis

The driver stopped and is cooperating with police.


Steve Patterson is leaving KSTP's 'Twin Cities Live'

His run with the popular 3 p.m. weekday show is coming to an end after 7 years.

twin cities marathon

Face mask rules revealed for Twin Cities Marathon weekend

Masks will be required in some outdoor areas, but not while running.

troop 106 trailer 1 (1)

Seen this trailer? It was stolen from Boy Scout Troop in New Brighton

The New Brighton Department of Public Safety has called for its return.