Prospect Of Interest: The 411 on Jacob Olofsson

What you see is what you get with Jacob Olofsson.

He’s a 6-foot-2, 192-pound centre, which is an NHL frame, and projected to be a late first-rounder in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The tools are all there. Olofsson thinks the game well, he moves well for a player his size, he plays at both ends of the ice, shoots well and is capable of making plays.

Here’s the skinny on this Swedish prospect.

Team: Timra IK (Sweden)
Position: C
Shoots: Left
Age: 18
From: Pitea, Sweden
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 192 pounds


Oloffson, 18, has yet to graduate to the Swedish Elite League, but he impressed in the Allsvenskan and grew by leaps and bounds from when he first started playing there last season.

In Olofsson’s rookie year, he didn’t register a single point in 14 games with Timra. But in 2017-18, Olofsson scored 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 43 games, making him the fifth-highest scorer on the team.

Draft eligible C Jacob Olofsson, Timrå, receives Guldgallret (the golden cage) as the best junior aged player in Hockeyallsvenskan. Filip Forsberg, William Karlsson and Jonathan Dahlén are notables among the former winners of this award. #nhldraft2018

— Uffe Bodin (@UffeBodin) March 7, 2018


Back in December’s draft rankings, Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino said this about Olofsson: “Nothing about his game jumps out at you, but then again there are few if any glaring weaknesses. He does lean slightly towards the power forward end of the spectrum with his puck protection abilities and strength.”


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3. Vitali Kravtsov
4. Martin Kaut
5. Adam Ginning
6. Jesperi Kotkaniemi
7. Grigori Denisenko
8. Isac Lundestrom
9. Jacob Olofsson
10. Filip Johansson

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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell to join 2018 NBA draft show on ESPN as in-arena guest

SALT LAKE CITY — The summer of 2018 has gotten off to a fast start for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.

From interviewing Draymond Green and Kevin Love during the NBA Finals to hosting basketball camps to traveling the world with Adidas, Mitchell seems to be everywhere.

Now he can add another accomplishment to his growing résumé.

A Deseret News source confirmed that Mitchell will appear on Thursday’s NBA draft show on ESPN at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as part of the in-arena show.

The draft broadcast begins at 5 p.m. MDT, with the Jazz holding the 21st and 52nd selections.

In addition to being part of the ESPN telecast, another source confirmed that Mitchell will be interviewing draftees and doing commentary. He’ll also be interviewing the “green carpet” room attendees as they arrive to the arena as part of the Mountain Dew initiative.

Mitchell posted via TwitterWednesday that he was cleared to return to basketball activities after injuring his foot in the postseason.

Ya boy is cleared ????

— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 19, 2018

Mitchell is a finalist for Rookie of the Year, which will be announced during the NBA Awards on June 26, and is an ESPY candidate for “Best Breakthrough Athlete,” which will be presented July 18 in Los Angeles on ABC.

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Iran staff member hospitalized during Spain game

KAZAN, Russia — A member of the Iranian national team staff was hospitalized Wednesday after the team was denied a goal following a video review during a World Cup match against Spain.

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Iran coach Carlos Queiroz did not reveal the identity of the person, who felt ill after referee Andres Cunha disallowed Saeid Ezatolahi’s goal. Cunha overturned the goal after an assistant referee and the video assistant signalled that the player was offside.

Spain won the game 1-0.

“We’re more concerned because one member of our staff is in difficulties from a health point of view after the VAR decision,” Queiroz said. “He went to the hospital. We hope everything will be all right. Our prayers go out to him at this moment.”

With three points from its opening win against Morocco, Iran can still qualify for the knockout round but will need to beat Portugal on Monday in Saransk. Spain and Portugal are tied for the Group B lead with four points each.

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Prospect Of Interest: The 411 on Serron Noel

In a draft that looks especially unpredictable after the first dozen picks, few prospects better represent the open-to-interpretation excitement (and uncertainty) of the 2018 talent lottery than Oshawa Generals winger Serron Noel.

A year ago, after an eight-goal Ontario Hockey League rookie season and some questions about his skating, the 6-foot-5 forward from Nepean, Ont., looked more like a project than prospect. But Noel spent last summer – and much of this season – working on his mobility and his evolution as a player has been startling.

He had 53 points, including 28 goals, in 62 games for Oshawa and was excellent for Team Canada at the under-18 world championship. His powerful skating, especially at his size, is now considered a strength and the son of former Canadian Football League running back Dean Noel is pegged as a late first-round draft pick.

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Or Serron Noel could go 12th. Or 42nd.

NHL Central Scouting, which has always adored size, ranks Noel as the 10th North American skater available, although most scouting websites list him in the 20s and Jeff Marek’s mock draft put him at 22.

Two months shy of his 18th birthday, the 209-pound power forward is still developing. But he gets to the net, has hands to finish, and all that combined with his size makes for an enticing prospect. No wonder 28 of 31 NHL teams interviewed him at the draft combine.

Team: Oshawa (OHL)
Position: RW
Shoots: Right
Age: 17
From: Nepean, Ont.
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 209 pounds

Serron Noel updated

— Ian Fleming (@imfleming16) May 4, 2018


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