Jamie Oleksiak’s size makes him tough to play against for the opposition, but his apparently stellar puckhandling ability made him a nuisance for the Blues defense on Monday.
At 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, the assumption would be that Jamie Oleksiak’s skill set is better utilized punishing the opposition and keeping the oncoming attack to the outside.
All that time spent defending, though, must have given Oleksiak a front row seat to learn some offensive creativity. At least it would seem that way, because it’s about the only way to explain how in the world Oleksiak thought to pull off two outstanding moves to shake defenders en route to his second goal of the campaign and inarguably the greatest goal he has scored in his NHL career.
Oleksiak’s marker came late in the second period of Dallas’ overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues, and the Stars rearguard stole the show. After picking up the puck in the neutral zone, Oleksiak went between his own legs to get by David Perron, slipped the puck through the legs of Alex Pietrangelo — yes, the same Pietrangelo who’s a perennially in the Norris Trophy conversation — and then fired a low, hard shot five hole on Jake Allen:
It’s no joke calling this one of the best goals of the year thus far, and this is almost literally from the least likely candidate.
Oleksiak was really feeling it during Monday’s game, too. With the Stars down 3-2 and time winding down, he was left wide open on the far side of the blueline, took a pass from D-partner Julius Honka and blasted a puck that found twine to tie the game with 50 seconds remaining. The Stars couldn’t get the second point, but Oleksiak helped earn Dallas the single.
In his career, Oleksiak now has four goals and 16 points in 87 career NHL games.
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