Five Questions With ... Dylan Olsen

Dylan Olsen, the Hawks' first-round pick in 2009, is enjoying travel in the NHL compared to the minors. Rob Grabowski/US Presswire

It’s time for another edition of Five Questions With ... rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen.

What was your welcome to the NHL moment?

Dylan Olsen: Was in Philadelphia my first game. Skilled forward, big guy. I don’t remember his name. It was my second shift of my career, and I’m skating behind our net and he throws me a huge elbow after the whistle as I’m going by, and he just looks at me. That was kind of my welcome to the NHL. He didn’t say anything, he just stared me down.

Which rookie that is up here with you is the goofiest?

DO: (laughing) That’s a toss-up between Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw. They’re both characters and always cracking jokes. I think I would have to give it to Shaw. I loved Shaw facts. Was pretty cool. Had a good laugh at it.

When is the last time you had a ‘thank god’ moment on the ice? When you were burned but not scored upon?

DO: Actually, it happened last game against St. Louis. I was in the corner going up the wall with the puck, and I brought my head up just in time before I would have probably gotten killed by Ryan Reaves, the kid who fought Brandon Bollig. Afterwards, I was like ‘Thank god I pulled my head up’ or I might not be standing here talking to you.

What’s better right now your puffed-out hair or your game?

DO: The only reason I’m doing this is I have a bet with my brother of who can grow their hair out the longest and right now he’s winning. Hopefully I’d have to say my game is the best right now as for the hair it’s just for fun. I’ll cut it at some point but not during the playoffs, that’s for sure.

Other than the paycheck what’s the best thing about being in the NHL compared to the minors?

DO: There are a lot of good things, but I’d have to say the chartered flights. Lot of leg room there. That’s really cool. We fly commercial in the minors.