Oleksiak dished out a pair of helpers in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Islanders. Oleksiak's offensive abilities were unlocked last season after he was sent to Pittsburgh from Dallas, scoring 14 points in 41 games. This season, he's already up to three goals and seven points, on pace to breeze past his career highs. If that's not enough, he's racked up 20 hits and a plus-8 rating.
Oleksiak notched a helper against the Flames on Saturday. Oleksiak is rolling right now with three points in his last two games, along with six hits, two blocked shots and a plus-5 rating. The towering blueliner has only broken the 10-point mark once in his NHL career, but he appears poised to challenge for career highs in goals and assists this year.
Oleksiak posted two goals, a plus-3 rating, five hits and seven PIM in a 6-5 overtime victory against the Oilers on Tuesday. The gritty defenseman isn't known for his scoring, but he tallied two key goals Tuesday, tying the game in the second period and then again with just a few minutes remaining in regulation. Oleksiak scored four goals and 14 points with a plus-13 rating in 47 games with the Penguins last season, and that was the best statistical hockey of his career. He's proving early this season that it wasn't a fluke with three goals and a plus-1 rating in six contests.
Oleksiak potted a goal and tallied two hits during Thursday's 7-6 overtime win against the Capitals. Oleksiak notched Pittsburgh's first goal of the season less than two minutes into the game. The 14th overall pick of the Stars in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft never reached his potential with Dallas, but found new life after a mid-season trade to the Penguins, posting four goals, 14 points, and a plus-13 rating in the final 47 games. The hulking blueliner will chip in offensively now and again, but should not be relied upon for sustained offense and is better suited to deeper leagues.
Oleksiak submitted his paperwork for salary arbitration Thursday, Josh Yohe of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports. General manager Jim Rutherford has been adamant that the Penguins want to get Oleksiak signed to a new deal, so don't be surprised if this one is settled prior to an arbitration hearing. The towering defenseman figures to round out Pittsburgh's third pairing alongside the newly signed Jack Johnson.
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