If Jamie Oleksiak can continue to play like he did against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, then the Dallas Stars may be able to get through the Stephane Robidas injury after all. It’s tough to replace a big-minute guy like Robidas, but Oleksiak filled in admirably in his first start in the NHL this season.
The former first-round draft pick was recalled from the AHL after it was revealed that Robidas would be on the shelf for four-to-six months, and played quite well for the Stars against Edmonton.
He played nearly 19 minutes and came up with three blocked shots to go along with three hits. That’s the kind of steady performance the Stars will be looking for from the towering 20-year-old. Head coach Lindy Ruff spoke to Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News about the youngster’s performance following the contest with the Oilers:
He was good. We used him against some of their speed guys and their skill guys and I thought he did a nice job. Even late (Jordan) Eberle tried to drive wide, and he did a good job on him. So, for the first game, I thought he did a good job.
Oleksiak’s competition for playing time at this juncture appears to be Kevin Connauton. Ruff skated both players in pre-game warm-ups, but decided to roll out Oleksiak alongside Brenden Dillon.