The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Steve Oleksy from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Oleksy, 30, has provided WBS with veteran leadership throughout this season, serving as an alternate captain in his first year with the club. He has tallied one goal, 10 assists, 11 points, 78 penalty minutes and a plus-13 in 44 games.
The hard-hitting, 6-foot, 190-pound defender leads WBS with his 78 penalty minutes, while his plus-13 is second among team defensemen behind only Derrick Pouliot (+15).
A native of Chesterfield, Michigan, Oleksy spent the previous three seasons in the Washington Capitals organization, where he played 62 NHL games with the Capitals, amassing 19 points (3G-16A) and a plus-15 with 86 penalty minutes.
An undrafted free agent, Oleksy’s best season in Washington came in ’13-14 when he posted 10 points (2G-8A) and a plus-7 in a career-high 33 regular-season games.
The right-handed shooting defenseman has five-plus years of AHL experience with WBS, Hershey, Bridgeport and Lake Erie. Oleksy has 65 points (8G-57A) in 264 career AHL contests. He has also seen action with Las Vegas, Toledo and Idaho of the ECHL.
Oleksy played three seasons of college hockey at Lake Superior State from 2006-09.