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Jackets' Dansk still has one draft to go

by Mike G. Morreale

PITTSBURGH -- One draft down, one more to go for Swedish goalie Oscar Dansk.

Dansk, drafted with the first pick of the second round by the Columbus Blue Jackets (No. 31) on Saturday at Consol Energy Center, spent this past season with Brynas Jr of Sweden's second division. He sported a 2.82 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 28 games.

NHL Central Scouting's No. 2-ranked European goalie admitted he would certainly take the major-junior route if he is selected by a team on Wednesday during the Canadian Hockey League's annual Import Draft.

"My dream will be to come to camp and try my best, but I know it's a process and however long the process going to take, we'll see," Dansk said. "I feel like I had good conversations with the Blue Jackets, but you never know what will happen."

Dansk was the third goalie selected in this year's Draft -- behind Andrei Vasilevski (No. 19, Tampa Bay Lightning) and Malcom Subban (No. 24, Boston Bruins).

The two-round CHL Import Draft includes all 60 teams that comprise the league. There have been a few teams rumored to be interested in Dansk. It appears he'd be very interested in those clubs if he is taken.

"I'm thinking of coming to CHL to play major juniors, so we'll see," Dansk said. "I feel like I have to focus on getting stronger and quicker and stronger legs in order to get to the next level."

The native of Stockholm, who actually spent three seasons at Minnesota prep powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary's, might just be the next great puck-controlling goalie to enter the NHL.

"I like the smaller ice surface in North America," he said. "It kind of fits my game a little better. I played three years at Shattuck and that worked out great."

Dansk' confidence is unrivaled, and he's a proven winner on an international scale. In addition to notching one assist for silver-medal winning Sweden at the 2012 Under-18 World Championship in April, Dansk was named one of the team's top players after finishing 4-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in five appearances.

"He covers a lot of the net when in butterfly, recovers quickly, is athletic, focused and competitive," NHL Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb, told "His angles and positional game are excellent, he's good at controlling rebounds, and always seems ready for the next shot."

Does Dansk feel Columbus is a good fit?

"It's a great feeling right now and I feel a great fit for me … I'm really happy with it."

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