The journey of Jamie Oleksiak has been well documented since he was drafted by the Stars. Is he a bit of a rebel? Will he go to the OHL or stay in college? Is he good enough to be the next Tyler Meyers?
One opinion is generally found the same however – he is a good pick and a good fit for this Stars franchise moving forward.
And with the latest news that he has finally decided to go to the OHL this coming season and play for the Saginaw Spirit; he is one step closer to being a Dallas Stars. While he is a long way off and the college vs. OHL hockey debate will keep raging on with or without him – a step forward is a step forward.
“I thought in terms of my development and where I was going and my game personally, I wanted to get more games and play in the OHL, which is similar to the pro level,” Oleksiak told newspaper. “I thought I could kind of get used to the game there.”
What else do we know about the future of the 6’7 defensemen? Well we reported initially when he was drafted that he has dual citizenship in both the United States and Canada and as such he would be eligable for both of the teams for the World Junior Championships. He’s also decided to go forward on Team Canada’s roster and declined the invite of the US team.
This is an understandable move if you followed the process as he was semi-snubbed for a spot on the US roster while Canada has been persuing him for a while now. It’s unfortunate for us Americans that we won’t be seeing the behemoth on our WJC roster this year.
In the years past we’ve seen the Stars take forward Scott Glennie and goaltender Jack Campbell; I think most of us can agree that this is the first pick in sometime that we can truly get excited about moving forward.