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Dallas Stars Seleect Jamieson Oleksiak With 14th Overall Pick In 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Dallas Stars Seleect Jamieson Oleksiak With 14th Overall Pick In 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Frisco, Tex. – The Dallas Stars selected defenseman Jamieson Oleksiak (OH-lehk-see-ack) with the team’s first round selection (14th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft this evening, held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Oleksiak, 18 (Dec. 21, 1992), spent this past season as a freshman at Northeastern University, where he had a team-best plus-13 rating and was second among defensemen with 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 34 games.

The 6-7, 244-pound defenseman was the second-youngest player invited to Team USA’s final camp for the 2011 World Junior Championships. His first chance to represent the U.S. was on the Under-18 team at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka tournament. While his hometown is Toronto, Ontario, he is a dual citizen because his father is from Buffalo.

Oleksiak is a minor hockey product of both the Toronto Young Nationals and Detroit Little Caesars. He also played in the United States Hockey League for the Sioux Falls Stampede and Chicago Steel prior to Northeastern.

A left-handed shot, Oleksiak comes from an athletic background: his father, Richard, lettered in track at Colgate University and is a member of the Nichols School Hall of Fame in football, basketball and track and his older brother, Jake, captained the hockey team while at Nichols School.

Jamieson Oleksiak Statistics

Season Team League GP G A Pts. PIM

2010-11 Northeastern Hockey East 34 3 9 12 51

NHL Central Scouting’s Gary Eggleston on Jamieson Oleksiak:

"I think he has unbelievable upside. Whoever gets him is probably going to hit a home run with this kid. You could be looking at a 15- to 16-year player in the League, and to get a kid that size and skates that well is not common. He handles the puck well, has an excellent shot and his pass percentage completion in two games I saw was 100 percent -- he never missed. He covers a lot of ice in a very short time and it's a long trip around the outside with that wing span of his. He always has that stick out there dangling, too, so he keeps the guys about eight feet away."

NHL Eastern Conference Scout on Oleksiak:

"He's so big and his size is such an advantage … he has a long reach and can pass the puck. He has some advantages over a lot of guys -- he's big, has a good stick and can move the puck. Over time, he'll become more offensive."

Posted on 06/26/11

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