23-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent
Oscar Dansk Contract Information:
Signed an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets in May 2014.
Dansk wasn't extended a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets and will become an unrestricted free agent, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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The Blue Jackets' goalie of the future had an up-and-down season in the OHL, but his final numbers for an improving Erie squad (29 wins, 2.39 GAA, .909 save percentage) were solid. He shone at the World Juniors for Sweden, and will make his pro debut this season for Springfield in the AHL, which potentially puts him one or two injuries away from a call-up. The building blocks are all there for him to make an impact in the NHL, but with Sergei Bobrovsky still in his prime, the Jackets will be in no rush to get Dansk to Columbus.
Dansk's numbers suffered in his first OHL season playing behind a porous blue line for a rebuilding Erie franchise, but assuming he can maintain his confidence level the butterfly goalie has the talent and potential to be an NHL starter down the road.
Dansk isn't your typical big-ice European goaltending prospect, having already spent time playing at a Minnesota prep school and even talking about playing in the OHL rather than continuing his development in Sweden. He doesn't have prototypical size, but makes up for it with great quickness, and, at least to this point in his career, has shown good focus and mental toughness. He's a few years away, but he could be the franchise goalie Columbus sorely needs.