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Jamie Oleksiak looks to make most of opportunity with Stars

Friday, 02.1.2013 / 1:40 AM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Jamie Oleksiak looks to make most of opportunity with Stars

It wasn’t hard to pick out Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak at the team’s practice in Frisco Thursday morning. At 6-7, 254 pounds he stands out in a crowd. But there’s more to Oleksiak than just size, and that’s why his NHL debut on Friday night against the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center is creating a buzz.

“He’s gifted for a big man,” said Stars assistant coach Paul Jerrard. “He’s got size, he’s got strength, he can skate well and he’s got really good hands for a big man. You don’t see that combination come along too often.”

And the Stars think now is the time for Oleksiak – probably the team’s top prospect – to come along and see if he can help out on the blue line.

“We want to get a little heavier in some of these games on the backend, and he’s played so well in the American Hockey League,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Like our other young defensemen, he deserves an opportunity. We want to give him a chance to see what he can do.”

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STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 82 35 52 1 87
T. Seguin 71 37 40 -1 77
J. Spezza 82 17 45 -7 62
C. Eakin 78 19 21 -1 40
J. Klingberg 65 11 29 5 40
T. Daley 68 16 22 -13 38
A. Goligoski 81 4 32 0 36
A. Hemsky 76 11 21 -8 32
V. Fiddler 80 13 16 -5 29
S. Horcoff 76 11 18 9 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 17 10 .903 2.94
J. Enroth 5 5 0 .906 2.38
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