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01-05-2011, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by SkinsFan09 View Post
Oleksiak, though he'll likely be gone next year, is gonna be a beast in the future. We better use his talent this year while we can.
I know we talked about this, but I don't think he'll be gone next year anymore. Most college d-men who project to be in the NHL end up staying at the college level a while, probably 3 years because it takes defensemen longer to develop. Shattenkirk was at BU 3 years after he was selected 14th overall, Jamie McBain was at Wisconsin for 3 years, and so on. The norm has become for a blue chip d-man to stay 3 years in college. since Oleksiak just turned 18 and plays an unpolished game, there's a good chance he's a Husky for 3 years. That is unless he transfers...

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