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Drew Olson(21) Lillihammer

Drew Olson

2nd year defenseman/left wing Drew Olson(21) leaves North American hockey to try his game in Norway’s GET-ligaen, signing a one-year deal with Lillehammer.

He played his rookie season under contract with Syracuse Crunch after being traded to Tampa Bay Lightning organization for future considerations before his first campaign started.

Originally a Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 4th round pick in the 2008 draft (#118 overall), they seemed to cool on him as he played at University Of Minnesota-Duluth despite being part of the 2011 NCAA Championship team.

In 47 AHL games he scored 3 goals and 1 assists with a -10 rating on squad that struggled to put together wins.

The 24-year old skated the blue line for his college career but was switched to a forward spot when he arrived at the pro level.

It looks like he’ll be back on defense when he starts overseas.

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Caleb Herbert(40) Hershey Bears

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Washington Capitals‘ 5th round pick in the 2010 draft (#142 overall) right wing Caleb Herbert(40)  signed a two-year entry level deal, leaving University Of Minnesota-Duluth after leading the team in scoring and penalty minutes in his third season at the school.

His contract kicks in starting in 2014/2015 but no time has been wasted to get his legs wet as they send him to minor league affiliate Hershey Bears on an ato.

In his first game he connected for his first pro goal and assist.

For his encore he got the opening tally and his third contest he received two minutes for holding and no points. There’s goes that average.

In three AHL games the totals rest (for the moment) at 2 goals, 1 assist for 3 points and a +3 rating. All games were also important wins for the team.

The 6′ 194 lbs. 22-year old forward has been in the parent club’s training camps since his selection and will no doubt be fighting for a slot on the NHL roster out of his fifth camp to start his rookie season.

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Travis Oleksuk(21) Worcester Sharks

Travis Oleksuk

San Jose Sharks‘ 2nd year undrafted center Travis Oleksuk(21) is catching heat in his pro game at just the right time.

He’s in the 2nd and final season of his entry level deal and has increased his goal totals by four times what he produced in his rookie campaign and his assist mark is already on par with what he passed along for helpers.

In 56 AHL games with farm club Worcester Sharks he has 12 goals, 10 assists and is a dynamo in the face off circle.

The 6′ 200 lbs. forward may not be the most obvious guy on the ice with his somewhat mild-mannered temperament but most definitely has proven the ability to get the job done and keep himself out of the penalty box.

He won a pair of college hockey championships while at University Of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA in 2009 and the 2011 NCAA title) and excelled on the score sheet in his last two seasons.

The 25-year old is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the current campaign and seems like a low-risk player to receive a qualifying offer for at least another year, with potentially more upside.

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