Today, the Dallas Stars have sent down Jamie Oleksiak, their first round pick from 2011, to play with the Texas Stars of the AHL, who face the Oklahoma Barons tomorrow night at the Cedar Park Center. This move all come a day after the Stars lost to the Calgary Flames last night, 7-4. I believe the reason the Stars are sending down Oleksiak is so that he can develop and get more ice time.
Oleksiak will be helping the Texas Stars a lot as they are now in first place in the Western Conference with a record of 28-13-4-3 and are tops in the American Hockey League at 63 points. As Mike Heika reported on twitter, the Stars will only have six defensemen on the ice tomorrow when they face the Vancouver Canucks. I do not think the Stars will recall anyone from the AHL until they get back to Texas but Jordie Benn rumored as the top candidate.
Stars are sending Jamie Oleksiak back to Texas (AHL). Speculation is Jordie Benn coming up, but no confirmation yet.
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) February 14, 2013
But for more on Oleksiak being sent down, here is the press release from the Dallas Stars website:
The Dallas Stars announced today that defenseman Jamie Oleksiak has been assigned to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Oleksiak, 20, appeared in five games with Dallas, recording one assist and averaging 15:40 time on ice. He recorded his first NHL point in last night’s contest against the Calgary Flames, notching one assist. The Toronto native is one of seven players in the League listed at 6-foot-7 or taller and became the tallest player in Dallas Stars history when he made his NHL debut on Feb. 1 against Phoenix.
Prior to being recalled by Dallas on Jan. 30, he led all Texas Stars defensemen in scoring with 23 points (3G-20A) in 43 contests. Oleksiak played in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game in Providence, R.I. where he earned the game-winning assist and a plus-3 rating in the contest.
The Dallas Stars wrap-up their three-game road trip through Western Canada on Friday, Feb. 15 against the Vancouver Canucks at 9:00 p.m. (TV: FOX Sports Southwest; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).