A second trade today for the Pittsburgh Penguins!
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2019 conditional fourth-round draft pick, it was announced today by Penguins executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Defenseman Kevin Czuczman has been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Oleksiak, 24, carries an average annual value of $965,000. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Oleksiak, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound blueliner, has skated in 21 games this year with the Stars, producing three points (1G-2A). He has played parts of the last six years with Dallas, tallying 22 points (7G-15A) in 140 career games.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Oleksiak was originally drafted by the Stars in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 171 career American Hockey League games with the Texas Stars, producing 15 goals, 59 assists and 74 points. Oleksiak won an AHL Calder Cup championship with Texas in 2014, and was an AHL All-Star in 2013.
Oleksiak is huge but got caught in a numbers game in Dallas, never really making his mark as a consistent top-6 player in the NHL lineup. It remains to be seen if he’s more than a #7 in Pittsburgh, but hey, the team obviously is tinkering on the edges of the roster now after a lackluster road trip and season, really.
The trade freeze is tonight, will there be a part 3? Stay tuned...
And, from the, “hmm, he thought it idea...”
He is a capable puck mover. Offensive flair from AHL hasn't translated to NHL - has 15-59-74 in 171 AHL games. Could be next great reclamation project for this mgmt group. Has lots of potential.— Brian Metzer (@Brian_Metzer) December 19, 2017