Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who will make his NHL debut with the Dallas Stars tonight, picked up an AHL honor today. He was named the league’s Rookie of the Month for January. Here’s the release from the Texas Stars:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that defenseman Jamie Oleksiak has been selected as the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for January.
Oleksiak, 20, enjoyed a fantastic first month of the 2013 calendar year by posting 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists), a plus-11 rating and eight penalty minutes in 11 games played for Texas. The Toronto, Ontario native scored a goal in a 5-2 win vs. Peoria on Jan. 5, and then tallied an assist each in consecutive victories over Houston on Jan. 6 and Jan. 11. After drawing an assist on the winning goal at Oklahoma City on Jan. 13, Oleksiak set a personal best with three helpers in the Stars’ 6-4 win at Chicago on Jan. 18, and assisted on the game-winner again as part of a two-point day at Rockford on Jan. 21.
The 6-foot-7, 254-pound defenseman missed one game for the Stars while on recall with Dallas for NHL training camp. Oleksiak represented Texas in the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Game in Providence, R.I. where he earned the game-winning assist and a plus-3 rating in the contest. Oleksiak was Dallas’ first-round selection (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He leads all Texas Stars defensemen in scoring with 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 43 contests this season. Oleksiak is expected to make his NHL debut with Dallas tonight, which would make him one of seven players in the League listed at 6-foot-7 or taller.
The Dallas Stars faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes this Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm (TV: FOX Sports Southwest PLUS; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).
In recognition of his achievement, Oleksiak will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Stars home game. He becomes the second Texas Stars player to receive the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month award this season, joining left wing Reilly Smith who was the league’s first-year award winner for December.