It’s an assumption, but Jamie Oleksiak probably wishes that he was being recalled to the Dallas Stars under better circumstances. The former 14th-overall selection has been developing his game in the AHL since skating in 16 games during the lockout shortened 2013 campaign.
In light of the news that Stephane Robidas will be out from four-to-six months with a broken leg, the Stars recalled Oleksiak to reinforce their suddenly depleted blue line.
Stephane Robidas out 4-6 months with broken leg. Jamie Oleksiak called up for Stars. Oleksiak and Connauton rotating with Dillon in practice
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) November 30, 2013
It’s unclear when, or even if the towering defenseman will make it into the lineup for the Stars. Kevin Connauton and Aaron Rome are both involved in the mix to eat up the playing time that the Robidas injury creates. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see Oleksiak get some reps though.
He has yet to play for head coach Lindy Ruff, and the new bench boss might be curious to see what the 6-foot-7, 250 pound 20-year-old can bring to the table on a nightly basis. Oleksiak has shown some offensive flair in the past while skating in the AHL, but hasn’t been quite as effective at getting shots through so far this year.
The Toronto native has five points in 22 games this season in the AHL, which pales in comparison to the 33 points in 59 games he had in 2012-13.