The Stars recalled Oleksiak from AHL Texas on Monday, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports. Oleksiak successfully completed his conditioning assignment with AHL Texas after being sent down Jan. 16. The 23-year-old defenseman has notched two assists in 11 games with Dallas this season. He will likely be providing depth for the Stars' defensive lines.
Oleksiak was sent to the AHL on a conditioning assignment Saturday. The 6-foot-7 defender has played in just a single NHL game since December 12, a Jan. 9 game against Minnesota where he logged just 12:38.
Oleksiak had a team-high four blocked shots and an assist on the team's only goal in Friday's loss to Edmonton. It was a good game for the big defenseman who has found his way into just eight games this season. He's not going to post many points, but in those 12 games he has 12 blocked shots and 25 checks. He could offer some value there if he could start getting into the lineup consistently.
With Jordie Benn expected to miss Saturday's game due to illness, Oleksiak will draw back into the lineup, reports Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. Oleksiak will slot into the third pairing with Jyrki Jokipakka as his partner. The 6-foot-7 defender has a single assist and five blocked shots through four games this season. He's not in the lineup consistently enough to rely on and when he is in, he's not providing something you can't find elsewhere.
Oleksiak will play on Thursday against Winnipeg, drawing into his third game of the year. He's in with Jyrki Jokipakka out and will be on the team's third pairing with Jordie Benn. The 6-foot-7 defender isn't an offensive specialist. The inconsistency of his appearances and the low ice time he's getting when he is in, makes it tough to roster him.
Last 7 Games
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