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04-30-2012, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Prophet of Glennie View Post
For a big man, he's actually a really strong and fluid skater. His stride isn't choppy, and even though he isn't exactly fast his size combined with strong skating ability allows him to move pretty quickly..
There was a little bit of footage from training camp released last fall. It showed Oleksiak working in a drill, and I was very surprised at his skating. Far less lanky-ness and gangly-ness than you'd expect from a 6'-7" teenager. If you didn't know that he was that huge, you wouldn't have guessed it. I'm more excited about JO than I have been about any Stars draft pick since I became a fan during the 2000 playoff run. The hopes & excitement are there that he just might develop into an offensive threat like Chara. But even if he doesn't, I'll happily take a young Gill or Bouwmiester.

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