Olofsson named AHL Player of the Week

Victor Olofsson scores seven points in three games to earn Player of the Week honors in the AHL

Brayton Wilson
October 15, 2018 - 1:43 pm

Photo: Micheline Michaelina - Rochester Americans


It was a great week of action for the Rochester Americans, who will enter Wednesday night's action against the Utica Comets with three straight wins after a shaky 0-2 start to the season.

The Amerks took care of business in a weekend series with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, taking both games in dramatic fashion courtesy of rookie forward Victor Olofsson.

On Saturday, Olofsson scored with one minute left to play in regulation to give Rochester a 4-3 win in Bridgeport. The 23-year-old Swede entered the zone and took the puck wide-right to try and get around the Sound Tigers defenseman. Using his speed, Olofsson get some space and let go of a high backhand shot that beat goalie Christopher Gibson short-side for the go-ahead goal.

He also added an assist on the power play in the third period as Alex Nylander tied the hockey game with a one-time shot that hit the goal post, hit Gibson's back side and rolled into the net.

The next day, Olofsson worked his magic again in overtime as he scored the game-winning goal at the 1:46 mark of the extra frame to give the Amerks a 3-2 win. This time, Olofsson gathered the puck in the defensive zone and skated into three defenders in the Bridgeport end. Then, from the top of the faceoff circle, he curled and let go of a shot that beat goalie Jeremy Smith on the blocker side, off the post and in.

Olofsson also added his fourth point of the weekend on a power play goal from defenseman Zach Redmond that tied the game at 2-2.

When you add on the three-point night that Olofsson had last Wednesday night in Rochester against the Syracuse Crunch, Olofsson had racked up seven points (three goals and four assists) in three games. That performance was good enough to earn Olofsson honors as the AHL Player of the Week for the week of October 8th to the 15th.

The goal-scoring left winger leads the Amerks in overall scoring through the first five games of the 2018-19 season with three goals and five assists in five games played. Olofsson is also one point off the AHL lead for points, trailing just Reid Boucher of the Comets and Harry Zolnierczyk of the Springfield Thunderbirds with nine.

Olofsson is just starting his rookie season with the Amerks after the Buffalo Sabres signed him to a two-year entry-level contract back on April 24. Last season in the Swedish Hockey League playing with the Frölunda Indians, Olofsson led the league with 27 goals while registering 43 points in 50 games played.

During training camp and the preseason, Olofsson went pointless in three games played while averaging 13:20 of ice-time. During that time, Olofsson looked as though he had not quite adjusted to the North American style of play yet and needed some time to groom his game in the AHL.

Through his first five games in the AHL, he looks to have adjusted just fine and is starting to get very comfortable in his surroundings. While he probably will not be getting a call from Buffalo for a while, Olofsson will be looked to as an offensive juggernaut for the Amerks as the season progresses. He has already gotten plenty of looks as a shooter on the power play, and has gotten a good amount of shifts through the first handful of games.

Some other notes from the Amerks this weekend on their two-game series with the Sound Tigers:

  • Lawrence Pilut continues to be a bright spot for the Amerks in the first five games of the season. The 22-year-old Swedish defenseman is currently third for team scoring with six points (two goals and four assists) in five games, earning five of his six points on the man advantage. However, Pilut has shown to be one of their better players at even strength while taking on the added responsibilities of playing on the penalty kill. His adjustment to the North American style of play has gone very well as he continues his early season in Rochester.
  • Alex Nylander picked up a point in his fourth straight game on Sunday, and now has five points (one goal and four assists) in as many games. The 20-year-old winger has continued to play well from his training camp and preseason with the Sabres, skating very well and playing a solid overall game in both ends of the ice. What's noticeably different about Nylander's play from last year is his engagement in the action and the willingness to attack the puck in all three zones. He has done plenty to continue to attract the attention of people in the Sabres organization, and could very well see himself back in Buffalo at some point this season.
  • Amerks rookie forward Andrew Oglevie did not return to action on Saturday after playing through the first period of play, and missed out on Sunday's action with an undisclosed injury

The Amerks and Comets drop the puck in Utica at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. You can listen in to all the action with Don Stevens on 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester.

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