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Sabres winger Victor Olofsson named to NHL All-Rookie Team

Victor Olofsson was not among the top three finalists for the Calder Trophy, but the Buffalo Sabres winger received another honor for his outstanding rookie season.

Olofsson, a 25-year-old who scored 20 goals in 2019-20, was named Monday to the NHL All-Rookie Team, joining Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar, Chicago Blackhawks winger Dominik Kubalik and Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki.
Olofsson, who entered the season with two goals in six games (both on the man-advantage), became the first player in NHL history to score each of his first eight career goals via the power play (March 28 – Oct. 16, 2019: 8-4-12 in 13 GP). He ultimately topped rookies and shared 11th place in the entire NHL with 11 power-play goals in 2019-20 (54 GP) – the most by a Sabres rookie since 2005-06 (Thomas Vanek: 11 in 81 GP). Olofsson, a seventh-round selection (No. 181) in the 2014 NHL Draft, also placed among the top five rookies in game-winning goals (t-1st; 4), goals (t-2nd; 20), power-play points (3rd; 17), shooting percentage (3rd; 15.7%), points (4th; 42), shots on goal (4th; 127) and assists (5th; 22). The 25-year-old Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, native – who scored his first even-strength goal during the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm (Nov. 9 at TBL) – is Buffalo’s second All-Rookie Team selection in as many seasons, following Rasmus Dahlin in 2018-19, and the first Sabres forward to make the list since Jack Eichel in 2015-16.