Olson agrees to one-year contract with Florida Panthers
The wait is over for Brett Olson, as the former Superior High School Spartan has agreed to contract terms with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.
Panthers’ executive vice president and general manager Dale Tallon announced Friday that the club agreed to one-year, two-way contract with Olson.
“It’s nice to get a contract in place for the next year,” Olson said. “Now I can relax for a bit and enjoy the rest of the summer.”
The summer fun won’t last too much longer. Olson will begin working out in a couple of weeks in the Minneapolis area with other local professional players.
“After the Fourth of July holiday things start to kick up,” Olson said. “There is some ice time now, but there gets to be more and more as the summer goes on. I just have to get in the best shape as I can and get ready for camp, which begins around the second week in September.”
During the camp in Sunrise, Fla., Olson will find out where he will begin the season — with the Panthers or with their affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
Olson had been playing the waiting game as an unrestricted free agent up until Friday.
After playing in 145 career AHL games for the Abbotsford Heat (2012-14) his contract expired, the head coach resigned and the team was going to move from Canada to Glen Falls, N.Y., where it will be known as the Adirondack Flames.
“All you can do is wait and see what develops,” Olson said. “After playing two years with Abbotsford, the next step for me was to sign a two-way contract. Now I have to put in the work and do all that I can with the hopes of getting the call up by the Panthers.”
Olson, 27, has appeared in 145 career AHL games for the Abbotsford Heat (2012-14) recording 62 points (25 goals, 37 assists) and 69 penalty minutes.
During the 2013-14 season, Olson registered 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 75 games while adding one goal in four playoff contests.
The Superior native graduated in 2012 from Michigan Tech, where he served as team captain for his senior season and twice earned WCHA All-Academic Team honors. He finished his collegiate career with 42 goals and 51 assists.
NOTES: Olson was a member of the SHS Spartans’ last state championship team in 2005. ... A teammate of Olson’s that season was Mike Sislo, who recently signed a two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.