The Cleveland Monsters, the top affiliate of the Blue Jackets, keeps adding prospects.
In the past few days, the Jackets have sent forward prospect Kole Sherwood and defender Gabriel Carlsson to Cleveland, and today the AHL squad got a goalie as well as 2012 draft pick Oscar Dansk has been assigned to the Monsters.
Dansk, a Swede, was part of the Great Scandinavian Goaltender Haul of the early 2010s, and he will join countryman Anton Forsberg, a 2011 draft pick, in Cleveland. Finnish netminder Joonas Korpisalo was also taken in 2012 and is with the Blue Jackets.
Dansk was chosen in the second round of the 2012 draft, a round ahead of Korpisalo. The 23-year-old hails from Stockholm but spent part of his youth in the Shattuck St. Mary's program in Minnesota before returning to Sweden, where he was playing when chosen by the Jackets.
He went on after being selected to play two seasons with the Erie Otters of the OHL, where he played with Connor McDavid. In 2013-14, he went 29-9-1 with an OHL-best 2.39 GAA, .909 save percentage and six shutouts in 42 games. Dansk also represented his country at two IIHF World Junior Championships, winning silver medals at the 2013 and 2014 tournaments. He was also known at the tournaments for, well, living up to his last name.
In 2014-15 he split time between the AHL's Springfield Falcons, then the Jackets affiliate, and Kalamazoo of the ECHL, going 7-7-0 with a 3.57 GAA and .880 SV% with Springfield. He was then loaned to Sweden, where he spent the past two years with Rogle BK in the top-level Swedish Hockey League.
In two seasons in the SHL, Dansk compiled an 18-34-4 record, 2.81 GAA, .908 save percentage and four shutouts in 60 games. He went 6-15-1 with a 2.99 GAA, .903 SV% and two shutouts in 24 appearances with the club this season.