I had a chance to ask Oscar Dansk, a potential first round goaltender and future star some pre-draft questions about himself and his career so far:
Cohen: Do you feel that your're the best goalie in the draft?
Dansk: I have not really watched the other goalies closely other than Vasilevski and Korpisalo who I've played against a couple of times this year. But I know that I have some qualities that can separate me from the others.
Cohen: Why have so many good goalies hailed from Brynas?
Dansk: It has became a tradition almost to have good goalies come out the Brynas program. They give you a lot of chances to prove your capability and Brynas also has a really good and passionate goalie coach. Through this I think a tradition has evolved.
Cohen: At what age did you start playing hockey, was it goalie or another position?
Dansk: I think I started going to organized skating school when I was three, I started off as a player and then I was both a player and a goalie for a while until I made the decision of becoming a goalie when I was about 9.
Cohen: When did you get your first goalie coach?
Dansk: I think I had my first goalie coach when I was maybe 6 or 7, my brother went there so that was also the way I tried it out.
Cohen: Would you call yourself a "classic" butterfly goalie?
Dansk: I would not call myself a classic butterfly goalie, I try not to have a specific style, I try to have many different styles and create my own style. But at times it can seem like I am a butterfly goalie. I strive to develop every area of the game so I can be good in every situation.
Cohen: Who do you pattern yourself after the NHL? Henrik Lundqvist? Jacob Markstrom?
Dansk: I do not really pattern myself after anyone specifically, I have heard that I in some ways look like Lundqvist and in some ways Markstrom but I try to have my own style.
Cohen: Has Johan Holmqvist told you any stories about his time in New York?
Dansk: We have never really gotten into that conversation actually.
Cohen: What kind of music do you listen to?
Dansk: I listen to almost every kind of music.
Cohen: Do you watch American television? If not what's your favorite television show in Sweden?
Dansk: I do watch probably more American shows, I really like Workaholics. It is my kind of humor.
Cohen: Did you watch the Stanley Cup Finals? What did you think about the goaltending?
Dansk: I thought the goaltending in the SC finals was great from both ends, I loved Quick's consistency and I've always liked Brodeur's style and will.
Cohen: How does your game differ when you play on North American ice compared to playing on a larger ice surface?
Dansk: On European rinks there is more passing and dangling so you have to be more patient where as on North American soil the puck gets to the net faster. And you get more bodies in front I think.
Cohen: What's design is currently on your mask or a new mask? Is there a story?
Dansk: I currently just have a plain black mask.
Cohen: Do you think you will gain more Twitter followers after you're drafted?
Dansk: I really don't know, time will tell haha.
Cohen: What's your off-season conditioning program like?
Dansk: I try to really get everything in my workouts and not leave anything out.
Cohen: How many years do envision playing overseas before you come over?
Dansk: I have always taken one year at the time and I will keep on doing that, so we'll see.
Dansk has a bright career ahead of him.
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