Jamie Oleksiak - AP PHOTO/TONY GUTIERREZ

Jamieson Oleksiak, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-6

Weight: 245

Born: 1992-12-21

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Drafted: 2011 by Dallas Stars, 14th Overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

February 2014 - Oleksiak ended an abysmal 34-game goal drought dating back to Nov. 9 by beating Barons goaltender Richard Bachman with a slap shot from the point in Stars' 5-2 loss against Oklahoma City on Feb. 4. Marking his fourth goal of the season early in the second period, he went on to record a total of three shots and a plus-1 rating on the team's top defensive pairing alongside Derek Meech. Producing five points in the last six games, he appears poised to potentially make a case for an NHL roster spot again before season's end. Although with veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas set to return from IR next month, Oleksiak's development stands much better off in Cedar Park for the time being. Clayton Bailey

 

November 2013 - Stars general manager Jim Nill announced the team has recalled Oleksiak from the Texas Stars (AHL). The announcement was made just hours after veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas suffered a severe leg injury on Nov. 29 against the Blackhawks. Despite spending the majority of the last two seasons in the AHL, it appears the ‘Big Rig’ will have a premier opportunity for consistent NHL ice-time in Dallas moving forward. Robidas, who ranks third on the Stars in average ice-time per game this season (19:55), is expected to spend the next 4-6 months on IR. For the time being, coach Lindy Ruff will opt to keep the remaining defensive units as is, leaving Oleksiak with the head up over fellow Stars prospect Kevin Connauton to replace Robidas on the team's top pairing alongside Brenden Dillon. While Connauton provides more speed and two-way skill-set on the blue-line, Oleksiak's 6'7 frame and steady defensive mindedness fits the mold to replace Robidas a fragment more. Either way you slice it, the window of opportunity has never been more wide-open for these two. Clayton Bailey

 

November 2013 - Oleksiak has yet to see any ice time in Dallas so far this season despite playing in six of the Stars' seven preseason games in September. Appearing in all 14 games for the Texas Stars (AHL), he's tallied a total of five points (three goals, two assists) and a plus-7 overall rating. Oleksiak's 6'7 frame won't keep him out of the NHL for long if he can continue to gain experience with extended opportunities in Cedar Park. Arguably on nothing more than a prolonged conditioning assignment, he could be brought back up at any moments notice as the defensive inconsistencies in Dallas continue early on this season. Clayton Bailey


 

June 2013 - With the acquisition of Sergei Gonchar it will be interesting to see if GM Jim Nill keeps the Big Rig idling in the AHL a bit longer. The blueline in Dallas is very crowded at the moment, and while Jamie looked better as his stint in the NHL this year went along, it wouldn't be the end of the world if he logged a bit more time in Cedar Park. If vets like Robidas and Daley are moved, and Robidas likely will be before the next season's trade deadline, then Oleksiak could move up. Look for Oleksiak to start 2013-14 in Cedar Park unless he really impresses in camp, but he may see some games in Dallas during the season even if he doesn't stick right out of camp. Rex Doty

 

April 2013 – Dallas has started a major rebuild of their prospect group on defense, adding four legitimate prospects to their corps approaching the deadline. With the Stars defense healthy, they decided the best step for Oleksiak’s development was to lead this new core of prospects in the AHL and through the playoff race rather than play in a reduced role on the NHL squad finishing out the season. He has posted another three points in his last four AHL games even with the additions of more offensive minded defenders Kevin Connauton and Joe Morrow. Jason Banks

 

February 2013 – After starting his pro career extremely strong in Austin, Texas, Oleksiak received his first NHL recall and was not out of place in six games. Glen Gulutzan has stated that Oleksiak is expected to log big minutes for Texas of the AHL rather than sitting in the press box in Dallas. His 26 points in 45 games thus far in the AHL is rather unexpected in his transition to pro, but what is more attractive is the fact he leads his AHL team with a plus-15 on the season which is also good for 12th in the entire AHL. His pro transition has provided excitement for fantasy mangers looking for the next big thing, but it needs to be reminded that offense is not a natural asset of his, so expectations need to be kept in perspective. Jason Banks

 

April 2012 – The Dallas Stars rolled the dice on the massive defenseman from Toronto hoping that this project defenseman can develop into a Chara-like defender. Oleksiak joined the OHL this past season that seen him split time between the Saginaw Spirit and powerhouse Niagara Ice Dogs as a trade sent him there midseason.  Oleksiak is an extremely mobile defenseman with an endless reach that makes him difficult to play against.  Skating is certainly a strength of Oleksiak as he gets around the ice smoothly using good edge work but given his size and physical strength he needs to better utilize his large frame on a more consistent basis.  Rarely has Oleksiak dominated physically and he often overuses his stick check.  Offensively, Oleksiak is a raw defenseman but he did begin to find his offensive game after appearing for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships and returning to Niagara. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook:   B-

 

He has shown an ability to provide offensive punch in the AHL and is a minute munching stud that blocks shots and hits a bit. Contract status of himself and Dallas’ current defenders is about the only thing that will keep him out of the NHL right now. Without being the same monstrosity that Zedno Chara is, outside of the lack of aggression and having a better skating stride than Chara, he makes a good comparable.

 

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