The Dallas Stars have demoted Jamie Oleksiak to the AHL. He’s been a healthy scratch in several game recently, and a young player like him doesn’t grow while watching from the press box. He has plenty of potential, but the 6-foot-7, 250 pound monster of a defender still needs more time to iron out his game.
He’ll get that chance in the minors.
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 18, 2013
Since the Stars used their 14th overall selection on Oleksiak in the 2011 draft, he’s managed to play in 23 games at the NHL level. While he has shown flashes of the player that Dallas envisioned back then, it typically takes larger defensemen several years to work out their approach at the NHL level.
In a related move, the team signed Max Fortunus to an NHL contract and intend to recall him. As per the team’s official press release:
Fortunus, 27, has skated in 24 games this season for Texas and leads all team defensemen with 16 points (3-13=16). The native of La Prairie, Que., is Texas’ all-time franchise leader among defensemen in games played (296), goals (32), assists (89) and points (121). The 5-foot-11, 205-pound defenseman has skated in eight NHL contests, all as a member of the Dallas Stars during the 2009-10 campaign. Fortunus was undrafted and signed his first NHL contract with the Dallas Stars on July 3, 2008.