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Olofsson Named to NHL All-Rookie Team

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Buffalo’s rookie forward earned honor after a 20-goal campaign.

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On Monday night, the National Hockey League announced their 2019-20 All-Rookie team.

Buffalo Sabres forward Victor Olofsson was among the players honored by the league.

Olofsson, 25 years old, amassed 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 54 games.

This rookie season saw Olofsson become the first player in NHL history to score his first eight career goals on the power play, all while leading all rookies in power play goals (11). Olofsson was 11th-best in the entire league with those aforementioned 11 power play goals.

Among rookie skaters in the National Hockey League, Olofsson tied for first with four game-winning goals, second with 20 goals, third with 17 power play points and fourth with 42 points.

Olofsson tallied 163 points in All-Rookie team voting, trailing only Chicago forward Dominik Kubalik, who received 169 votes.

The All-Rookie team was selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, following the conclusion of the regular season, also honored Elvis Merzlikins, Quinn Hughes, Cale Makar, Dominik Kubalik and Nick Suzuki.

Also announced on Monday night, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was named the Calder Trophy winner, as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. Victor Olofsson finished seventh in voting, with 96 total votes.