Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Wednesday development camp notes
By Mark Stepneski
A few notes from Wednesday’s sessions of Dallas Stars development camp in McKinney.
*Stars prospect Jamie Oleksiak wouldn’t comment on The Hockey News report that he’s decided to try out for Canada’s World Junior team instead of Team USA.
"As of now, we are going no comment. It's definitely a tough decision,” Oleksiak said. “As of now we're still debating what's going to happen over the summer."
Oleksiak, who has dual citizenship, is currently on the evaluation camp roster Team USA. He played for the USA at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. But he’s never played in an International Ice Hockey Federation tournament and once he picks a country to play for in an IIHF event, then he is locked into playing for that country internationally for life.
Oleksiak, Dallas’ first round pick (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, said picking a country for good is only one thing weighing on his mind as he makes his decision.
“I owe both countries a lot. I grew up in Canada and that’s where I started to get into hockey. That’s where my family has been living,” he said. “At the same time, I moved to the U.S., played junior there and they gave me the first opportunity to play for the USA.
“It’s a tough decision. You can make arguments for both sides. You can’t please everyone, I guess. I am just try to do what best fits for me and what I feel is right.”
*Didn’t see Scott Glennie on the ice today. He’s missed the last couple on-ice sessions due to a sore knee.
*The Stars had a very nice turnout for the autograph session with the prospects. The line was long and when I left at about 5:15 p.m. it was still long.
*The camp wraps up Thursday morning with a skills competition from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in McKinney.
*A lot of the drills the players run in the camp take them out of their comfort zone. They’ll fall at times or lose pucks. But the players say it helps them. One of the drills Wednesday was a shootout where players shot from their opposite side. For Reilly Smith, a left-handed shot, that meant he had to shot as a righty with a right-handed stick.
“When they gave me that right-handed stick I didn’t know what to do with it. I was about to throw it to one of the fans in the stands,” Smith said. “I actually got the game-winner for our team. I can’t complain about that.”
*Video of that shootout is included in today’s video highlights. Also, note the Jack Campbell save on Brett Ritchie from another drill at about 58 seconds into the video.