Stars Draft Jamieson Oleksiak No. 14 Overall In 2011 NHL Draft

The first round of the 2011 NHL Draft is set to be held on Friday night, and the Dallas Stars will be drafting at No. 14 overall.

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NHL Draft 2011: Dallas Stars Draft Recap

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is in the books, and the Dallas Stars seemed to have focused on size. Dallas drafted Jamieson Oleksiak at No. 14 overall in the first round - a defenseman who stands at 6'7". 

The Stars made six selections in the draft, and they are as follows:

  • Jamieson Oleksiak, D, No. 14 overall
  • Brett Richie, RW, No. 44 overall
  • Emil Molin, C, No. 105 overall
  • Troy Vance, D, No. 135 overall
  • Matej Stransky, RW, No. 165 overall
  • Jyrki Jokipakka, D, No. 195 overall

Art Middleton at Defending Big D recapped Dallas' draft quite nicely. Here's some of what Middleton had to say about Dallas' draftees.

On Oleksiak:

  • Monster size at 6' 7" making him the tallest player available at the draft.
  • Loves playing a physical game (obviously) and of course with his size has drawn inevitable comparisons to Zdeno Chara.
  • Possibly may play in the OHL next season with the Saginaw Spirit or could remain in NCAA with Northeastern.
  • On Richie:

    • Power-forward with good size (6'3") and has shown hints of a mean streak to him.
    • faced some criticism of lack of effort at times this season, but was hampered with a bout of mononucleosis that could have been a factor.
    • 17 year old and still will play a few more seasons in Sarnia of the OHL before moving up to the next level.

    For more, head over to Defending Big D.

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    2011 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars Select Jamieson Oleksiak

    With the No. 14 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars selected defenseman Jamieson Oleksiak from Notheastern University. Oleksiak certainly has size, as the defenseman is listed at 6'7, 244 lbs - and he's only 18 years old. 

    Brad Gardner over at Defending Big D offered some analysis of the Stars' selection.

    He's a defensive defenseman, and makes no mistake about it when he tells media that he models his game after Chara. He wants to use his size to his advantage to cover a lot of ice and limit scoring chances.

    American or Canadian, more important to Joe Nieuwendyk likely was the fact that he's a college man, like Joe was himself (Cornell) and we've already seen Nieuwendyk comb the college ranks for talent in his short sting as GM.

    When you add Oleksiak to names like Patrik Nemeth, Brenden DillonPhilip LarsenAlex Theriau and John Klingberg you start to see a hopeful future on the blue line in the coming years, but now Stars fans will inevitability turn their attentions to the center position, which many had hoped #14 would address on Friday night.

    We won't judge this draft yet of course, because only one of six picks has been made, but suffice it to say that most of Stars nation is a little happier with this one than they were with Mr. Campbell last year, through no fault of his own.

     

    For more on the Stars and their draft, head over to Defending Big D - who have excellent analysis on everything Stars.

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    2011 NHL Draft: Dallas Stars Hold 14th Overall Selection

    The 2011 NHL Draft gets underway on Friday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, just over a week after the Boston Bruins were named 2010-11 Stanley Cup Champions - similar to the NBA's quick turnaround between their championship series and their draft. The Dallas Stars, who failed to make the playoffs this past year, will be selecting in the middle of the first round, holding the 14th overall pick.

    Brad Gardner over at Defending Big D, SB Nation's Dallas Stars blog, has a preview of what he thinks the Stars will do in the draft. 

    Last year there was an emphasis on drafting defense that came from the fan base as much as anywhere else, but the Stars themselves admitted it when Tim Bernhardt (director of amateur scouting) said they would lean toward defense whenever players on their board were close, as so many are in the later rounds. The result was a defense heavy draft that re-stocked the cupboard a little, so to speak.

    There is no clear-cut need this year and the Stars are free to take the best player available on their board, which of course everyone says they'd do regardless...

    "Things always change in our game," said Nieuwendyk. "The game is always evolving. If you take the best players available it leaves you with the best opportunity to move forward."

    "If you draft on need, I think you are looking for trouble."

    Dallas had hoped to get an extra pick for the rights to negotiate with Brad Richards, reportedly asking him yesterday to move his "NTC" (no trade/movement clause) and he declined. His agent made it known that he will not for any team, preferring instead to listen to all comers on July 1st.

    The possibility of getting an additional pick lives on in the scenario of trading down out of #14, something the Stars are considering should the interest be there tonight. Nieuwendyk told the DMN earlier this week that it's something they're certainly talking about.

    For more on the Stars and their needs, check out the full version of Gardner's preview at Defending Big D.

    Televised coverage of the draft begins at 7 p.m. ET, 6 CT, on Versus and TSN.

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