Jamie Oleksiak
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Jamie Oleksiak

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-12-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-7

Acquired:

1st round (14th overall), 2011

Weight:

243 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Jamie Oleksiak played for the Little Ceasar’s Minor Midget team, scoring 3 goals and adding 7 assists for 10 points in 30 games for that club. Oleksiak also played for the Chicago Steel of the USHL, picking up 4 assists and 47 penalty minutes in those games.

2009-10: Oleksiak began the season with the Chicago Steel, playing in 29 games for that team. He picked up 10 assists and 43 penalty minutes in those games. He was traded to the Sioux Falls Stampede, playing in 24 games for that club. He scored 2 goals and added 2 assists for 4 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. Oleksiak also played in 3 playoff games for the Stampede, registering 2 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Oleksiak played his freshman season at Northeastern University, playing in 38 games for that school. He scored 4 goals and added 9 assists for 13 points while adding 57 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Oleksiak signed a contract with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit in July 2011, foregoing his final three year of college hockey. He skated in 31 games for Saginaw before being traded to Niagara at the trade deadline in January – while he was playing for Canada at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. Oleksiak was plus-31 with 12 goals and 20 assists in 59 OHL games between Saginaw and Niagara and had 47 penalty minutes. Niagara reached the OHL Finals after finishing first in the Central Division. Oleksiak was plus-two with 4 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. Playing for bronze medal-winning Canada at the WJC he was plus-four with no points and 2 penalty minutes in six games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Dallas in October, 2011.

2012-13: Oleksiak made his NHL debut as a 20-year-old in February and skated in 16 games with Dallas in his first season. He had 2 assists and was -5 with 14 penalty minutes; averaging 15 minutes of ice time per game. Oleksiak played 59 regular season games for the AHL’s Texas Stars and had 6 goals with 27 assists and was +19 with 29 penalty minutes. The Texas Stars finished first in the South Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. In nine playoff games Oleksiak had 1 assist and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Oleksiak played in seven games with the Stars during a December call-up — spending most of the year with Dallas AHL affiliate Texas, the Calder Cup champions.  He had no points and was minus-3 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging 17:47 minutes of ice time, during his time with Dallas. Oleksiak scored 5 goals with 18 assists and was +8 with 31 penalty minutes in 69 regular season games for Texas.  The Stars finished first in the West Division, taking an epic seven-game series with Toronto in the Western Conference finals before defeating St. John’s in five games in the Calder Cup finals. Oleksiak had 5 assists and was +13 with 8 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Oleksiak possesses a nice blend of size, physicality and outstanding puck skills. He moves well for such a big man, skating with long, fluid strides and maintains very good balance on his skates. He makes effective use of his enormous frame in defending against opposing players. Oleksiak thrived in a tight-checking system in college and is steadily adapting to the pro game. He will need to continue to improve is his footwork, particularly his turns and pivots, to see more than a lower pairing role. He doesn't always play with vigor and truculence and could use a bit more of an edge to his game.

Future

Oleksiak made the Stars out of training camp to start the 2014-15 season. After being a healthy scratch in four of the first five games to start the season he has seen ice time in a lower pairing role — particularly after some injuries to the Stars defense corps. With the emergence of rookies John Klingberg and Jyrki Jokipakka it is no certainty that Oleksiak maintains a lineup spot and he must continue to improve if he is to stay in Dallas. His combination of size and skating ability suggests he can potentially be a top two paring defenseman such as Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman. He has yet to show that type of consistency at the NHL level.

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