Mattsson Back To NHL
A former NHL draft pick has signed on to play for the Malmo RedHawks. Welcome to Malmo and the RedHawks Adam Ollas Mattsson.
Ollas Mattsson has the skills to be a top defenseman in the SHL. A lot of those skills he brings are forgotten by the average fan.
Ollas Mattsson, at 6-foot-4 and 216 pounds, is a big boy who can use that frame to impact the game in a big way. The Malmo Redhawks can also use him in any situation on the ice.
Offensively he is useful in the assists department, as he can thread the needle with the best of them. Goal scoring is not his game but he does have a laser for a shot when used.
His overall game is more on the defensive end. He can close the gaps, break up plays with his reach, and also use that big body to demolish opponents in the corners and front of the net.
Ollas Mattsson comes to Malmo just years after being drafted by the Calgary Flames. The Giant defenseman was taken 175th overall in the 6th round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
He played all of his time with the Flames AHL affiliate, Stockton Heat for most of his Flames career. Although he had a nice career in the AHL with the Heat, he never made that NHL debut.
His last stop with the Heat came in the 2018-19 season. That season he recorded 6 goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 65 games, while also posting 28 penalty minutes.
After that he was off to the Malmo RedHawks, where he had been quite successful. He maintains the game plays when he got drafted and this has made him quite the player in the SHL.
This season for Malmo he has registered 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 27 RedHawk games and posted 6 penalty minutes as well.
Don’t let those 6 penalty minutes fool you. He is a physical player who will hit, get into scrums, fight when need be and be the force the team needs him to be.
Ollas Mattsson has also been successful away from the AHL and SHL. While playing J20 SM teams he won gold medals in both 2014-15 and again in 2015-16.
Adam Ollas Mattsson has been successful wherever he has played and Malmo should be no different. He is a quality defenseman who will take care of his end first then make that crispy pass to his forwards.
At this pace, he might just get another shot at the NHL. He has the complete game to make his NHL debut, even if it may be awhile.