At six foot seven, and roughly 255 pounds Jamie Oleksiak has established himself as a regular on the Dallas Stars’ blue line, becoming arguably the best defensive defenseman as well.
With his size, and skating he adds a needed physical element to the Stars.
Going back to his years in the American Hockey League with Dallas’ affiliate, the Texas Stars Big Rig has had postseason experience before the NHL. In 2014 the Texas Stars with Oleksiak on the roster for the bulk of the regular season, and much of the playoffs won the Calder Cup as AHL champions.
Jamie Oleksiak has played in the NHL since 2013, and since 2017 has become more of a regular in the league. Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017, the Stars reacquired him for the 2019 season. He came back from Pittsburgh as a sharper defenseman. A look at Oleksiak’s career stats can be seen, here.
In a recent game vs the Calgary Flames, Jamie scored a game-winning goal. Game two of the first round, Oleksiak scored off a pass from Corey Perry with under a minute left in the game. Stars won five to four.
The coach gave Jamie after the game:
“He’s a dominant, dominant player for us,” Bowness said. “He’s a huge part of this team, as he has been all year. It’s great to see him rewarded with that big goal. Good for him for having the poise, the confidence to jump in there.”
Not only is Oleksiak a reliable skater, and an evolving point producer he’s not afraid to do the dirty work either. He uses his size to his advantage to block shots, hit, and fight. One of Jamie’s fights, as shown above.
Just like with almost everybody in the NHL, there will always be doubters. Tyler Mair from Defending Big D is also one of many who reflected on Oleksiak’s journey.
“Once written off by most as a ‘bust’ Oleksiak has established himself as a true Top 4 defenseman this season.”
Since his return from Pittsburgh, last season Jamie Oleksiak has proved himself to be a regular in the lineup. He will be a mainstay for the rest of the playoffs, and beyond as long as he’s healthy.
Oleksiak will continue to impress the team, and fans for years to come.
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