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Olofsson one of many NHL prospects at AHL game at Scheels Arena

FARGO-Everything had moved quickly for Gustav Olofsson. After just one season in the United States Hockey League and one at Colorado College, he signed an entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild last season.

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Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson. Submitted photo
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FARGO-Everything had moved quickly for Gustav Olofsson. After just one season in the United States Hockey League and one at Colorado College, he signed an entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild last season.

The talks were of Olofsson heading to the blue line for Minnesota with top prospects Matt Dumba and Christian Folin. Olofsson's quick moves through his hockey career met a speed bump in Game 1 with the Iowa Wild-the American Hockey League affiliate of the Minnesota Wild-last season in the form of an injury to his left shoulder.

"It was a nagging injury from the summer," said Olofsson, who was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild. "I actually had my labrum torn earlier in the summer in the gym. I kind of rehabbed it and it felt good and, once I started playing again, I kind of got in an incident where it reoccurred and kept aggravating. It came to a point where I had to get it done."

Olofsson missed all of last season, but the 20-year-old defenseman is back with the Iowa Wild and is making the trip for exhibition games in Grand Forks today and at Scheels Arena on Saturday. He's hoping the first major setback will be the last.

"Everything has moved quickly," Olofsson said. "I haven't really gotten settled anywhere. It was kind of tough to readjust to that. It was definitely a whole new thing to deal with. It feels nice to know that I'm healthy again. It's 100 percent."

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Olofsson played in 67 games with the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL in the 2012-13 season. He had two goals and 21 assists with the Gamblers, but Olofsson never played the Fargo Force at Scheels Arena.

"I've played up in Grand Forks, but I've never played Fargo," Olofsson said. "I heard the rink is nice."

Currently, the Iowa Wild roster has 13 players that were invited to the 58-player Minnesota Wild training camp. The Manitoba Moose have three of the Winnipeg Jets' top 10 prospects, according to The Hockey News 2015 Future Watch, currently on the roster in Josh Morrissey, Joel Armia, Scott Kosmachuk and Eric Comrie. The two teams will square off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Scheels Arena.

The future of the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild could be on the ice Saturday, but Olofsson is just happy about the present.

"I always feel best when I'm kind of in a rhythm and playing hockey," Olofsson said. "Everything around me feels normal again. It's good to be back and playing and being in that rhythm. It took me a little bit to kind of swallow it and except that I wasn't going to be playing hockey. It's hard to swallow at first, but once I got over that, I really took advantage of the time I had."

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Murphy has covered sports in Chicago, Minnesota and North Dakota since 2009, working for The Forum since 2012. Contact: cmurphy@forumcomm.com or 701-241-5548
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