Northeastern recruit Ross Olsson was taken in the 5th round of the USHL Entry Draft, with the 73rd overall pick by the Lincoln Stars tonight. Olsson, a forward, is a ’94 from Billerica, MA. He is expected to enroll at Northeastern in the fall of 2013. Olsson, who is listed at 6’4, 192 lbs played this past season for Williston Northampton Prep. Before that, he played at Billerica Memorial, where he scored 43 points in his junior season.
Olsson said that he plans to go to the Stars preseason training camp and work his way onto the team. If he cannot get onto the team, he will return to Williston for one more season before coming to NU. Lincoln is projected to return about 9 forwards, so there is definitely spaces for Olsson to take. Kirk Luedeke, a scout for Red Line Report, had this to say about Olsson on twitter:
“1st couple of steps are sluggish like a lot of big men, but he’s got a powerful stride and pretty good top speed. He’ll get better. Raw yet, but has some nice upside. Just going to need time, patience to put it together.”
Hopefully that development can occur in Lincoln next season alongside another NU recruit Zach Aston-Reese. Daniel Willett could also potentially make the team, as he is currently on Lincoln’s affiliate list. Lincoln has been good to NU in the past, providing Brodie Reid, Jake Newton, Garrett Vermeersch, and Ben Oskroba in recent years, as well as Colton Saucerman and Dax Lauwers who are coming this fall.