Jamie Oleksiak
Jamie Oleksiak
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Brought in by the Penguins via trade in December of 2017, GM Jim Rutherford made re-signing Oleksiak one of his top priorities, and he parted with Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick in order to clear the necessary cap space to lock the towering blueliner into a long-term deal. After notching a mere three points in 21 games with Dallas, the shutdown defender saw an uptick in ice time that result in him setting career highs in assists (12) and points (17). Playing a full season within coach Mike Sullivan's system could see the Toronto native improve upon those career bests this season -- just don't expect him to rack up anything close to Erik Karlsson-type numbers. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $6.4125 million contract with the Penguins in July 2018.
Flipped back to Big D
DDallas Stars
January 28, 2019
Oleksiak was traded back to Dallas from Pittsburgh on Monday in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick.
ANALYSIS
Oleksiak returns to Dallas in a swap for the same draft pick the club originally got from Pittsburgh when it sent the towering blueliner to the Steel City. Essentially, the Penguins rented the Toronto native for 83 games in which he tallied eight goals, 17 helpers and 99 shots. With Marc Methot (lower body) shut down for the year and Stephen Johns (head) still not having played this season, the Stars needed some help on the blue line while Pittsburgh was facing the prospect of having to waive somebody once Justin Schultz (lower leg) returned to action.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:52
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:07
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:25
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:13
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:24
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
16:13
0:07
1:14
2017–18
15:00
0:04
2:05
2017–18
17:24
0:21
1:47
2018–19
15:52
0:07
0:25
2018–19
13:13
0:00
0:24
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft once again failed to establish himself as a reliable member of the Stars’ blue line corps, dropping in and out of the lineup due to various nagging injuries and generally inconsistent play. Oleksiak has all the physical tools you could want in a No. 1 defenseman, including imposing size and foot speed, but he’s scored only six goals and 19 points with a minus-17 rating in 119 NHL games. He could still break through, but he’s now been leapfrogged in the system by the likes of Julius Honka and Esa Lindell, making it that much harder for Oleksiak to lock down a regular lineup spot.
Oleksiak scored five goals and collected 18 assists over 69 games with the Texas Stars of the AHL last season. He would receive a call-up to play seven games in Dallas, and previously suited up for 16 games with the big club in 2012-13. He's a rare combination of a huge frame -- he's 6-7 and 250 lbs -- and offensive upside. Oleksiak could very easily crack the Dallas lineup again this year, particularly if coach Lindy Ruff works to manage veteran Sergei Gonchar's ice time. But it's unclear if his offensive talent will translate to the NHL level (it hasn't yet). Stay away for now.
Big Rig made his pro debut last year, logging 16 games with Dallas and finishing with 33 points and a plus-19 rating in 59 AHL games. He will get a chance to win a roster spot with the big club come training camp, but will likely begin the year in the AHL again. There, he'll skate meaningful minutes instead of getting limited time as the Stars' sixth or seventh defender.
Oleksiak was Dallas' first-round pick (14th overall) back in 2011 and gets good marks for his skating despite his massive size (6-7, 240). His pro debut was solid (12 goals and 20 assists in 59 games in the OHL) and he projects as that dominating physical defenseman that Dallas has missed since the halcyon days of Derian Hatcher.
Oleksiak was Dallas' first round pick (14th overall) in the 2011 draft. His huge size (6'7", 240) gets most of the attention, but his agility and puck moving skills separate him from most other ice behemoths. He'll play junior hockey in 2011-12 after leaving Northeastern.
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Watching from press box
DPittsburgh Penguins
January 25, 2019
Oleksiak has served as a healthy scratch in seven of the team's previous 11 contests.
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Cleared, won't play Saturday
DPittsburgh Penguins
December 29, 2018
Oleksiak (concussion) has been cleared to return for Saturday's game against the Blues, but he won't draw in, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Ditches non-contact jersey
DPittsburgh Penguins
Concussion
December 28, 2018
Oleksiak (concussion) practiced with the team in a regular sweater Friday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Wearing non-contact sweater
DPittsburgh Penguins
Concussion
December 27, 2018
Oleksiak (concussion) was on the ice in a non-contact jersey Thursday.
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Diagnosed with concussion
DPittsburgh Penguins
Concussion
December 20, 2018
Oleksiak has been diagnosed with a concussion.
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