In his press conference a week ago, Glen Gulutzan preached about the importance of defense and two-way forwards. The Dallas Stars gave Gulutzan the prospects he wanted in the 2011 NHL draft by taking three defensemen, two multi-dimensional wingers and one center. Here's a quick look at who the Stars drafted this year.
Round 1 Pick 14
Jamieson Oleksiak - Defenseman
Birth date: Dec. 21, 1992 (Currently 18 years old)
Birth place: Toronto, Ontario
Height/Weight: 6'7", 244 lbs
Since the departure of Derian Hatcher, the Stars have really lacked that big physical presence on defense. Dallas will be no longer be missing that now they have the tallest, heaviest prospect from the 2011 NHL Draft.
He's said that he models his game after Zdeno Chara (quite understandable there) and if he can be anything like him, the Stars will be more than thrilled at how this pick turned out. Aside from his obvious advantages from his size, Oleksiak is a very good skater and moves the puck around very well. Whenever he makes it to the NHL, he can surely become a shutdown defender and will make up a good core with the other defensemen that the Stars have in their system.
He spent his last year playing at Northeastern University, where he had 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) and led his team with a plus-13 rating in 38 games. He's still just 18-years-old so one would think he still has some growing to do. He certainly has the physical tools to play for the Stars next year, but will probably spend another year or two getting seasoning in college or in the Ontario Hockey League. one of the teams there, the Saginaw Spirits hold his rights and it might provide better competition for Oleksiak.