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June 24, 2011
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Northeastern's Oleksiak selected 14th overall by the Dallas Stars at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
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Jamie Oleksiak became Northeastern's second-ever first-round NHL Draft pick

Upon completion of his freshman season at Northeastern University, defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (Toronto, Ont.) became the program’s second-ever first-round National Hockey League draft pick after being selected by the Dallas Stars with the 14th overall pick on Friday, June 24, at Xcel Energy Center.

Oleksiak Post-Draft Press Conference (Video)  |  Hockey East Interview (Video)
Oleksiak Pre-Draft Interview (Video)
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Dallas Stars' release  |  Dallas Stars' Twitter Feed (stars.nhl.com)

As the 14th overall selection, Oleksiak is now Northeastern’s highest-ever draft pick and the 44th Husky in program history to get drafted by an NHL franchise. Mike Morris (2002-07) is NU’s only other first-round draft pick. The Braintree, Mass. native was selected 27th, overall, by San Jose in 2002.

“It’s unbelievable and I couldn’t be happier,” Oleksiak said after getting picked by Dallas. “I’m at a loss for words. I’m really excited right now and I think it’s a really good fit for me. I talked with Dallas’ scouts and the management before and I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.”

Northeastern’s imposing defenseman is the 33rd first-round selection in Hockey East history and was the sixth blue liner picked, overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Oleksiak skated in all 38 contests for the Huskies in 2010-11 and finished with a club-best +13 plus/minus rating. Along with shutting down opposing teams, the 6’7, 255 lbs., rearguard displayed his offensive talents with 13 points, including four goals and nine assists. Memorably, the Toronto native blasted the game-winning goal at UMass Lowell on Feb. 11 with 13.6 seconds left in overtime.

With the Oleksiak selection, Dallas has drafted three Huskies in its franchise history. In 1999, the Stars selected both Mike Ryan (second round – 32nd overall) and Brian Sullivan (eighth round – 243rd overall).

Oleksiak vaulted up the NHL scouting rankings throughout his rookie campaign. Oleksiak’s midterm ranking amidst North American skaters was 27th, but he rose 14 spots and was considered the 13th-ranked player once the draft started. According to the NHL’s draft prospectus, Oleksiak is the highest-rated collegiate icer in this year’s draft.

“Jamie is a terrific prospect with tons of upside ahead of him,” interim head coach Sebastien Laplante. “He is a great kid who went from relatively unknown to a high-end prospect because of his dedication to becoming an elite player and his work ethic.”

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