Stars Sign Jamie Oleksiak to One-Year Deal

The Dallas Stars have re-signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year contract, according to the team. He was a restricted free agent prior to being signed.

Oleksiak will, reportedly, make $918,750 on a one-way deal with the Stars in 2016-17. 

The Dallas Stars drafted the 6-foot-7, 260-pound defenseman 14th overall in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. Oleksiak has split each of his first three years as a professional between the NHL and AHL, playing 171 games with the Texas Stars of the AHL and 78 games with the Dallas Stars of the NHL.

Jamie Oleksiak split his time as a junior player with the Chicago Steel and Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, North Eastern University of the NCAA and the Saginaw Spirit and Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL prior to turning pro in 2012. He was a member of Canada’s bronze medal-winning World Junior Championships team in 2012. He was a plus-four with no points in the tourney.

What the Jamie Oleksiak Signing Means for the Stars

The young blueliner was a frequent healthy scratch with the Stars last season, but both he and the organization will hope for more as he embarks on his first one-way contract.

Oleksiak is a big, physical defensive defenseman. He has long reach and an active stick which makes him hard to get away from, and if opponents get too close, he can lay the body and make it count. 

Kris Russell and Jason Demers both have left the team and exercised their rights as unrestricted free agents, which has effectively opened up some spots on Dallas’ blue line. Oleksiak will be a top contender to fill roles both on the team’s top-six and on the penalty kill.