TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Drew Olson from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for future considerations, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Olson, 23, skated in five games with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League last season, collecting one assist and two penalty minutes. He made his AHL debut with the Rivermen on April 13 against the Grand Rapids Griffins and recorded his first AHL point (assist) on April 16 versus the Charlotte Checkers. Olson also skated in 38 games with the University of Minnesota-Duluth last season, collecting a goal and seven points to go along with 28 penalty minutes. Olson also served as an alternate captain with the Bulldogs during the 2012-13 season.
The 6-foot, 200-pound defenseman played four seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, recording three goals and 21 points in 147 games. During the 2011-12 season, the Brainerd, Minnesota native set collegiate highs for games played (41), assists (seven), points (eight) and penalty minutes (51). He was a member of the University of Minnesota-Duluth team that won the Frozen Four in 2011.
Olson was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 118th overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.