NHL draft profile: Jamie Oleksiak
June, 17, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2011 NHL draft looks at defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who plays at Northeastern University.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Jamie Oleksiak. Note: All rankings final.
|Born: December 21, 1992/Toronto, Ontario
Height/Weight: 6-7/244 pounds
2010-11 Team: Northeastern (Hockey East)
|NHL Central Scouting||13th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||28th overall|
|International Scouting Services||16th overall|
|The Hockey News||17th overall|
|As a freshman at Northeastern University, registered 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) and a team-high plus-13 rating in 38 games.|
|Played for both Chicago and Sioux Falls in the United States Hockey League in 2009-10. Had 2 goals and 12 assists in 53 games. Picked up one assist in four games for USA Under-18 team at 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Size obviously, mobility.
Negatives: Not as physical as a player his size should be.
Link: ESPN.com Jamie Oleksiak Profile
|"Humongous blue-liner is smooth and poised with the puck, and shows quite good vision and passing skill. Massive rearguard with a colossal frame is a dependable shutdown defender who always thinks defence first. Great agility for a guy his size with a long, fluid stride. Moves the puck quickly and efficiently out of the zone. Does a nice job in 1-on-1 coverage both down low and on the rush. Uses his reach to great advantage on the pokecheck and to clog passing lanes. Competes physically, but will never be a huge banger." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
"He has a huge frame, and when you take into account his long stick he has immediate range. He gets up the ice quickly and isn’t afraid to handle the puck and he displays a better the average stick. He has shown that he can make the crucial first pass out of the zone." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"He's not overly physical, but he'll use his size. I don't think there has been a lot of consensus on those big guys who didn't work out, but this guy has consensus." A scout, quoted in The Hockey New Draft Preview 2011
|2009-10||Sioux Falls (USHL)||24||2||2||4||+2||32|
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.