Oleksiak (concussion) has been cleared to return for Saturday's game against the Blues, but he won't draw in, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Oleksiak is at least available should the Pens need another blueliner in future contests, but he will remain in the press box Saturday despite receiving medical clearance for action. His next opportunity to play arrives Monday versus the Wild.
Oleksiak (concussion) practiced with the team in a regular sweater Friday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Oleksiak shedding the non-contact jersey combined with the team reassigning Chad Ruhwedel to the minors would seem to be a strong indication the towering blueliner will be available for Saturday's matchup with the Blues. If he does suit up, the Toronto native will likely bump Juuso Riikola from the lineup.
Oleksiak (concussion) was on the ice in a non-contact jersey Thursday. Considering Oleksiak hasn't been cleared for contact, it's safe to assume he won't be in action against the Red Wings on Thursday. Still, it's a step in the right direction for the towering defenseman. Even once cleared for contact, if could still be some time before the Toronto native is given the all-clear to play in a game. In the meantime, Juuso Riikola figures to remain in the Penguins' lineup during Oleksiak's absence.
Oleksiak exited to the locker room during the first period of Wednesday's game against the Penguins after a fight with the Capitals' Tom Wilson, Pens Inside Scoop reports. Oleksiak took a right hook from Wilson that sent him to the room, suggesting the team may be evaluating him for a concussion. He should be considered questionable to return to Wednesday's contest. If he can't, there's a good chance he would be sidelined for another contest with the team scheduled for a tilt Thursday against the Wild.
Oleksiak register an assist in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Dallas. Oleksiak brought a five-game pointless streak to an end with his helper. The blueliner's game was clearly impressing the coaching staff Wednesday, as he logged a season-high 19:54 of ice time. If he can continue to secure increased minutes, the towering defenseman can offer mid-range fantasy value given the star players surrounding him and his cannon of a shot.
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