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Dallas sizing up 6-foot-7, 254-pound 20-year-old

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08:22 AM ET 02.01 | If everything's bigger in Texas, Stars fans should like the recall of defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. In addition to allowing the team's No. 1 prospect, Oleksiak, to make his NHL debut, the Stars also could be making a statement that they are prepared to get more physical. Drafted 14th in 2011, the 20-year-old Oleksiak (6-7, 254) is said to have a strong skating stride and a knack for reading the game. He also can throw a hit or two. ... Nicknamed "The Big Rig," he jumped up from junior hockey last season to become an AHL All-Star Game participant this year. He has played 43 games for the Texas Stars and has 23 points. Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said he expected the towering defenseman to make his NHL debut Friday against Phoenix.

The Dallas Morning News

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February 1, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Maybe the Cowboys could've used him earlier this season...

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February 1, 2013  09:22 AM ET

one big dude...wait til Boston comes to town..put him and Chara out there together and they can reach each other from opposite boards

February 1, 2013  09:26 AM ET

Nicknamed "The Big Rig,"

So he's "semi" pro?

February 1, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Lummox II?

February 1, 2013  10:07 AM ET

<sits back and smiles...>

February 1, 2013  10:11 AM ET

How much you want to bet his parents are around a little over five feet? ha. ha.

February 1, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

<sits back and smiles...>

I might have access to that game Otis but I'd like a full report regardless.

February 1, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

How much you want to bet his parents are around a little over five feet? ha. ha.

But they had a tall mailman. :-)

February 1, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I might have access to that game Otis but I'd like a full report regardless.

I'm sick of Trevor Daley sparing me to death. It's time for youth to be served.

Oleksiak and Brendan Dillon are here... I'm willing to suffer some growing pains if it means an end to the assault on our goalies.

February 1, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

But they had a tall mailman. :-)

NICE!!!

February 1, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

How much you want to bet his parents are around a little over five feet? ha. ha.

And trmbling with delight that someone else has to feed this bear.

February 1, 2013  11:07 AM ET

Bucket list

February 1, 2013  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I might have access to that game Otis but I'd like a full report regardless.

Hope to make it to Austin in time to watch the game...

And - a report will be forthcoming.

February 1, 2013  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

sits back and smiles...

How has Jamie Benn looked since his return?

February 1, 2013  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

How has Jamie Benn looked since his return?

He's been fine. Brings his usual grit and fire. He isn't the problem with this team not putting the puck on net.

Sure would like to get Derek Roy back healthy. They were a much different team with him in there.

February 1, 2013  12:23 PM ET
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He's been fine. Brings his usual grit and fire. He isn't the problem with this team not putting the puck on net. Sure would like to get Derek Roy back healthy. They were a much different team with him in there.

Good to here...and my hockey pool could use a healthy DR as well!

February 1, 2013  12:36 PM ET

".....the Stars also could be making a statement that they are prepared to get more physical."

That's like saying Donald Trump could be making a statement that he's prepared to get more rich.

February 1, 2013  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Good to here...and my hockey pool could use a healthy DR as well!

Or even hear!

 
February 1, 2013  03:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Hope to make it to Austin in time to watch the game...

And - a report will be forthcoming.

Have fun and I'm jealous.

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