It took a while, but after his SHL team Brynas announcing his departure and reports that he had a chance to make the Swedish World Championship team, Linus Olund has finally signed a 3 year ELC with the Penguins starting in 18-19. A 5’11 center, he’s slightly undersized, but plays a very strong 200 foot game, with his defensive ability allowing him to play in the SHL among grown men for parts of his 18 and 19 year old seasons and the entirety of his post draft 20 year old season.
In his latest season, he appeared in 51 games for Brynas IF, who finished 10th in a league of 14. He finished 5th on his team in scoring for forwards in the regular season with 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) and then was tied for 2nd in playoff scoring with 5 points in 8 games (2 goals, 3 assists).
In spite of his terrible team, Olund finished the regular season in the top 20 for scoring for players under the age of 24, showing he has some offensive skill to go with his defensive acumen. Given that he was only 20 when he achieved this, there is still significant room for growth. This is a player to be excited about.