Not much about Jamie Oleksiak stands out - the rising sophomore at Northeastern is quiet, soft-spoken and well-mannered, an everyday college student who goes about his business without much to-do.â†µ
But take a look at his slapshot and your mind might change.
Oleksiak, who stands out because of his size - 6-foot-7, 244 pounds - has drawn obvious comparisons to the Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, an even bigger beast at 6-foot-9, 260 pounds, says John Connelly of the Boston Herald.â†µ
The Northeastern defenseman has been projected to be taken in the first round of Friday night's NHL Draft in St. Paul. If he is, he could be the highest-drafted Husky in the school's history - an honor that currently belongs to Mike Morris, who was drafted 27th overall by San Jose in 2002.â†µ
Because of the comparisons to Chara, Oleksiak would be a big get for a number of teams, the Bruins among them. Buffalo might also consider him because he could be paired with the 6-foot-8 Tyler Ennis and wreak havoc on opposing forwards.â†µ
Oleksiak's stock started high - even in the top ten - but has fallen slightly since. Still, he stands a good chance of being drafter above 27th, and becoming a big impact player in the years to come in the NHL.â†µ