If Buffalo Sabres fans aren’t familiar with the name Victor Olofsson yet, they may want to learn a little bit more about the player who could be considered the team’s hottest prospect right now.
The 23-year-old right winger is finding early success in his first season in North America. After playing the last five seasons in Sweden, Olofsson made the jump to the United States this season and has been suiting up for the Rochester Americans.
With 15 points (5-10) in the first 10 games of the season, Olofsson was recently named CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October. He’s the first Amerks player to receive that honor, and it’s a well-deserved one.
He leads all AHL players in points - one ahead of teammate Zach Redmond and former Sabres prospect Phil Varone, and two ahead of teammate Lawrence Pilut. He’s also third in the league in assists (one shy of Pilut and Varone), and nine of his points have come on the power play.
After being held off the scoresheet in his first AHL game, Olofsson made his introduction to the league against Charlotte on October 5. He finished the game a minus-1, but registered an assist on a power-play tally by Pilut and had a team-high five shots on goal.
The following night, Olofsson was held pointless but notched two shots on goal.
When the Amerks met the Crunch the following Wednesday, Olofsson opened a seven-game point streak. He registered a goal and assisted on tallies by Redmond and Pilut and was named second star of the game.
Olofsson added a goal and assist in the next game, and the same the day after that.
He put up a four-point campaign in the Amerks’ 6-1 win over Utica on October 17 and added a team-high four shots on goal, finishing the game a plus-2.
Other highlights of the young season: a team-high seven shots by Olofsson in a 5-4 loss to Belleville on October 20. His seven-game point streak ended on October 27 against Laval, but the incredible month was enough to earn him the league-wide honors.
The Amerks are right back at it this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Hershey Bears. Rochester hosts the Bears on Friday night for a 7:05 p.m. face-off at Blue Cross Arena before heading down to PA on Saturday.
For curious fans in Buffalo, you’re likely to get the chance to see Olofsson in action without making the trip down the I-90 when the Amerks come to town next week. The Amerks will host the Cleveland Monsters at KeyBank Center on Wednesday, November 7. Tickets start at $10 and are available here.