Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jamie Oleksiak Recalled to Dallas, Possibly For Good

Jamie Oleksiak (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
As I predicted, in a somewhat tongue in cheek manner, last night, the Dallas Stars have recalled Jamie Oleksiak after Stephane Robidas suffered a broken leg in last night's game against Chicago.

It may be a little too early to tell, but with Robidas's injury timeline stretching at least four months, Jamie Oleksiak may have played his last regular season game for the Texas Stars.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Dallas has placed defenseman Stephane Robidas on injured reserve, and will be out 4-6 months, after suffering a leg fracture during Saturday night's contest against the Chicago Blackhawks. Dallas has also recalled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from Texas.

Robidas, 36, has registered five points this season (4-1=5) with 12 penalty minutes and a plus-7 rating in 24 games. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound defenseman from Sherbrooke, Quebec ranks fourth all-time among Dallas Stars defensemen in games played (704), assists (165), points (211) and is fifth in goals (46). Robidas was Montreal's seventh-round selection (164th overall) in the 1995 NHL Draft and was signed by Dallas as a free agent on Aug. 6, 2005.

Oleksiak, 20, leads all Texas defensemen with three goals, posting five points (3-2=5) and a plus-4 rating in 22 games this season. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound defenseman made his NHL debut with Dallas last season on Feb. 1 against the Phoenix Coyotes and has played 16 games in the NHL, earning two assists and 14 penalty minutes. The Toronto, Ontario native was Dallas' first-round selection (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

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