Nick Oslund, a forward from Burnsville High School in Minnesota, who was one of ten finalists for the Mr. Hockey award in Minnesota this year, has committed to St. Cloud State for the 2007 season.
Here's what I had to say about Oslund after watching him play last weekend:
"Nick Oslund-Burnsville-Sometimes I think it's kinda unfair in a game that has very little hitting, to have a guy who is playing in front of a ton of scouts and knows his ticket to the next level is his physical play. Oslund is a nice mix of strength and speed. He had a bunch of very nice hits, and showed some good skills. At the same time, he was on a line with Andy Sackrison, which was kept off the scoreboard. He wasn't really recognized as a college prospect until late this winter when he was named a Mr. Hockey finalist, but he'll definitely find somewhere to play in college. Teams are always going to find room for a big guy that can skate and hit."
He should be a good fit in Bob Motzko's system. He can hit and play physical hockey, but also has the ability to skate. The Huskies were looking to add some size after recruiting a lot of smaller, faster players.
Oslund will be the first Husky to come from Burnsville since former Husky Nate DiCasmirro, who scored 136 points in his Husky career.