Jamie Oleksiak
Jamie Oleksiak
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After being traded from Dallas to Pittsburgh in 2018-19, the blue-line behemoth was flipped back to the Stars in January, conveniently for exactly the same pick the Penguins had dealt to acquire him originally. Oleksiak doesn't offer much offense and had trouble even getting onto the ice in Dallas, averaging under 13 minutes through 21 games, and that may not change this season given all the young talent around him. The 26-year-old remains something of an enigma. Purely based on his 6-foot-7 frame and array of physical tools, you'd think he might be the next Zdeno Chara, but injuries continue to derail him, and the game may simply be too fast for him at the NHL level. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $6.4125 million contract with the Penguins in July 2018.
Helps out on game-winner
DDallas Stars
October 29, 2019
Oleksiak managed an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Wild.
Oleksiak dished to his defense partner Miro Heiskanen, who then set up Alexander Radulov's second goal of the game. The assists gives Oleksiak four assists in 14 appearances this year. While not a threat to produce much offense, the 26-year-old will hold down a bottom-four role on the blue line for his reliable defense.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Adds helper
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October 25, 2019
Oleksiak recorded an assist in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.
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Assists for second straight game
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October 9, 2019
Oleksiak generated a helper, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals.
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Generates assist
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October 7, 2019
Oleksiak picked up an assist in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.
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Ready to roll
DDallas Stars
September 4, 2019
Oleksiak (lower body) is listed on Dallas' training camp roster.
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Ends season on shelf
DDallas Stars
May 9, 2019
Oleksiak (lower body) was unable to rejoin the lineup prior to the Stars being eliminated from the playoffs.
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