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Ozolins

Ozolins is the best Latvian defender for his age group, and his toolbox is versatile enough to handle the duties of a number-one defenseman internationally for the smaller hockey nation. He’ll definitely get beneficial opportunities to develop with his league clubs and with the Latvian national program. There is nothing flashy about his game, nor…

Date of Birth
June 19, 2003
Position
Defense
Height
5'11"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Riga, LAT  
Shoots
Left
Weight
174 lbs
Draft Result
UNDRAFTED
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Jun 17/21 Ozolins Gustavs 22285 – Prizma Riga vs. Riga LATVIA by Brandon Holmes View Report
Apr 28/21 Ozolins Gustavs 22013 – Switzerland vs. Latvia WJC-18 by Derek Neumeier View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 HS Riga “A" Latvia 34 6 19 25 12
July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 23, 2021
2021 NHL Draft – FCHockey’s Draft Directory
July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
June 21, 2021
Notebook: Robertsson, Zhigalov, Fantilli & More
May 6, 2021
2021 IIHF World Under-18s tournament awards

Ozolins is the best Latvian defender for his age group, and his toolbox is versatile enough to handle the duties of a number-one defenseman internationally for the smaller hockey nation. He’ll definitely get beneficial opportunities to develop with his league clubs and with the Latvian national program. There is nothing flashy about his game, nor are there any high-end tools, but there aren’t any glaring weaknesses either. He can help out in any situation, even though he’s not a specialist in any of them. His best asset is probably his comfort level as a focal point kind of player, someone who is willing to step up to make a play and isn’t afraid to drive play with the puck on his stick. Plays with a bit of jam, pace and confidence. Does a good job at winning 50/50 battles and at applying pressure. In his own zone he’s generally well-positioned and plays smart defensive hockey, defending the front of his net by keeping himself between opposing puck carriers and the goal. Shows a willingness to play physically and lay the body, which adds an extra tool to his arsenal to separate puck carriers from the puck. His puck skills and passing game are both alright, but they’ll need to improve and he’ll need to cut down on his turnovers in order to have an NHL future, because right now he can’t protect the puck well enough using his size or skating. His skating ability can be described as roughly average, as his top speed makes it difficult for him to pull away from forecheckers on the breakout, though he is able to control his gaps well and keep up when defending in transition. As an attacker and asset on the breakout he is a very basic player, not showing remarkable creativity with the puck on his stick, deferring to basic plays to the outside of the ice. The best-case scenario for Ozolins is a third-pair NHL defender who can drive possession in a somewhat sheltered role.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide