Oscar Dansk is ready to take the reigns in the Wranglers net.
With the recent recall of Dustin Wolf by the Flames, it’s expected that Dansk (5-1-1) will get the lion’s share of starts between the pipes for the Wranglers in the coming days.
The Stockholm, Sweden product was superb during Wolf’s first NHL recall in early November, stringing together five straight wins, while posting a .946 save-percentage (Sv%) and 1.80 goals against average (GAA) in that stretch.
Currently, Dansk’s 0.929 Sv% is fifth-best in the league, while his 2.33 GAA ranks eighth.
“It’s still early in the season, but I wanted to set myself up to have a good start and I believe I’ve done that,” explained Dansk, when asked about his hot start. “Now the next challenge is to continue working, really that’s all that is, just work, work, work.”
In his 10th pro season – and playing in a primarily back-up role this season – Dansk is familiar with the art of balancing expectation with obligation, and he understands the inherent importance of always staying ready.
Working daily with Wranglers’ goaltending coach, Mackenzie Skapski, Dansk focuses on specific goals tailored to his development, coined by Skapski as ‘measurables’.
It’s the daily focus on the fine details that helps Dansk to adapt, adjust and be prepared for whenever his name is called.
“The measurable’s between me and Mac … every day we have certain goals to achieve, and we strive for excellence in practice. It sounds boring, but that’s all it is really, that’s all I can control,” explained Dansk.
“I just need to make sure I’m engaged when I’m not playing, by cheering on my teammates and making sure they’re ok, but for myself, it’s just preparing every day and making sure my body and my mind feel good.”
It will be more than two weeks between starts for Dansk – his last came on Nov. 21 against Tucson – but he says he’s ready to pick up where he left off as the Wranglers head into a weekend series against the Manitoba Moose at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“I feel good,” said Dansk. “Nothing changes for me. I just show up and work on the things I want to improve on and continue to get better.