Oleksiak was drafted by Dallas, 1st round and 14th overall back in 2011. Last season, he was sent to the Penguins in exchange for a 2019 4th round draft pick. For the Stars last season, Oleksiak play in 21 games and collected 1 goal, 2 assists, and a -3 rating while averaging 15 minutes on the ice. Then when he was sent over to Pittsburgh, Oleksiak played in 47 games and finished the season with 4 goals, 10 assists, and a +13 rating while averaging 17:24 on the ice. Due to his performance with the Pens, Oleksiak signed a 3-year extension worth $2.1 million dollars.
At the start of this season though, Oleksiak started hot and burned out. He opened the season with 7 points in 9 games before declining and missing a chunk of games in mid-December due to injury and being scratched. He’s only played in 36 games this season with 4 goals and 7 assists, while averaging 15:52 on the ice.
Oleksiak’s return can turn thing around for him and the Stars. The Star’s defense took a big hit with both Marc Methot and Stephen Johns injuries. It was announced today that Methot was just placed on long time IR and is done for the season following knee surgery, Johns is still out with post-traumatic headaches. Both of these were heavy guys that did damage with their hits and with them gone, the Stars only have Roman Polak for that. Jim Nill said to the press:
“When we started to realize that Marc was done for the year and with Stephen’s unknown, we knew we had to add a weight guy that could eat up some minutes.”
This trade may not be the last the Stars make before the trade deadline. The Stars have quite a few defenseman and no where to put them. There’s been talk all season of adding depth and now would be the time. the Big Question though is who would the target be and who would the Stars lose?
Overall, this trade can do the Stars some good, help add strength in their last 33 games. You can never tell for sure, when a player get traded, how things are going to pan out, if they’re gonna be good or bad. But if Oleksiak can turn things around and prove it’s worth, it’s going to be a very sunny day in Dallas.
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