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In this brief five part series I will roll out over the next days I will take a look at five players in my organization that don’t get any of the hype that an early round drafted player would get, but have developed as well as or even better than some of those guys have.

Does it guarantee NHL success? Nope. I’m not psychic.

Does it make some of you want to do your own ‘under the radar’ articles? That would be sweet if it does.

Does it mean they have any value? Doubtful. Most people wouldn’t know who they are and would refuse any offer with them included because they’re not a recent 1st or 2nd rounder. 

 

The players are in no particular order. Just doing the five that I believe have played beyond their draft position or free agent prospect expectation.

 

Under the Radar #1 : Hugo Ollas – G

NEFHL: 2021 draft round 7 – 202 overall

NHL: 2020 draft round 7 – 197 overall New York Rangers

Listed as 6’8” and 238 lb, this 20 year old goaltender is a giant. Beyond the obvious physical traits that make him ideal for the position, Ollas has time and time again proven over the years he is hard to beat.

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It is very rare for him to have above 2.5 GAA. 2017-2018 for U16 SM is one example. Taking the full year into account and it’s below 2.5. GAA. 1 game with Sweden u20 last year and it was a blowout. While I'd like for his save percentage to be a bit higher, it's hard to argue he's not helping his team win games.

Since 2020 he has played in SHL and NCAA. If he was having an under the radar year last year with 18 games played and 2.24GAA and .920 sv% he’s having a breakout year this year so far with 8 games played and 1.64gaa and .930 sv%

What do the people covering Ollas have to say? Let’s see what our NEFHL Ottawa Senators two-time stanley cup champion and sports journalist wrote less than 24h ago

“Goaltender Hugo Ollas (21 saves) recorded his second straight shutout after he blanked Maine last Friday. The New York Rangers draft pick now has a 1.64 goals-against average and .930 save percentage on the season. Ollas ranks in the top 10 nationally in both categories.”

 

But hey, he’s not the only one. Let’s see what somebody who played in the NHL has to say.

 

Gordon (Gordie) Clark, former Boston Bruins player, and now former Director of Player Personnel for the New York Rangers, got to see Hugo play firsthand before he was drafted.

Ollas ended up at Merrimack College after being scouted. Since then, he has been on the fast track to climbing the ranks of the Division 1 college hockey world.

“My son was my New England scout and got his name out to college coaches,” said Clark, “he took over the # 1 spot last year.”

Source: https://merrimacknewspaper.com/the-merrimack-ranger/

 

Ollas is a nice piece to let develop for as long as it takes. He is showing real potential. One of the reasons I was able to move another giant in Mads Sogaard for a temporary solution in net like Cam Talbot. There is no rush. Carter Hart is rebounding. Dustin Wolf and Daniil Tarasov are both ahead on the depth chart as well. Sebastian Cossa is years away just like Ollas. 

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