Future Considerations

Oleksiak leaves Northeastern for OHL
July 27, 2011, 7:34 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jamie Oleksiak is bound for Saginaw.

The 2011 first round pick of the Dallas Stars has decided to leave Northeastern University in favour of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. Continue reading

Oleksiak rumoured to represent Canada
July 7, 2011, 5:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jamie Oleksiak is heading north.

According to Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News, the Dallas Stars first rounder with dual citizenship will be trying out for Canada’s entry at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Calgary and Edmonton.

The Toronto, ON. native was named to Team USA’s summer camp, but was noticeably absent on Canada’s list of invitees.

Oleksiak, whose father is American, has suited up for Team USA at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Because the event isn’t sanctioned by the IIHF, Oleksiak is an international free agent and can play for either nation.

Canada can only return one defenseman from their silver medal winning squad a year ago. Erik Gudbranson, who may suit up for the Florida Panthers this season, is eligible to return. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Jamie Oleksiak – Dallas Stars
June 27, 2011, 6:36 pm
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Stars select Oleksiak 14th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:01 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Dallas Stars have picked Northeastern University defenseman Jamie Oleksiak with the 14th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

A hulking blueliner at six-foot-seven, Oleksiak outweighs his nearest draft competitor by over 30-pounds. Though you’d expect a 245-pound defenseman to be slow of foot, that isn’t the case with Oleksiak, who can blend his adequate speed with a wingspan that rivals a pterodactyl. Continue reading

Spitfires’ Campbell set for Slovakia
April 28, 2011, 8:20 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Jack Campbell is set for Slovakia.

The Windsor Spitfires netminder, who was eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs, is set to join Team USA’s entry at the World Championship in Slovakia, which gets underway tomorrow.

Campbell, whose Spitfires were dumped in five games by the Owen Sound Attack, struggled in his first season with Windsor. The Port Huron, MI. native managed a 24-14-4 record with a 3.80 goals against average and .884 save percentage. In 18 postseason games, Campbell was 9-6-3, allowing 3.74 goals per game. Continue reading

Americans pro powered
December 9, 2010, 4:16 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

When Team USA takes to the ice in Buffalo to defend their gold medal at the World Junior Championship, they’ll have a decidedly professional approach.

That’s because they’ll have four professional players suiting up for them as they look for back-to-back gold medals for the first time in the tournament’s history. Continue reading