Steve Oleksy capitalizing on NHL opportunity
Washington Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy took longer than most to make it to the NHL.
His age says it all - there simply aren't many 27-year-old rookies in the league.
After finally getting a much deserved shot, though, he's capitalizing on his opportunity with the Washington Capitals.
"It's been quite a whirlwind to get called up late in the season," Oleksy said.
After suiting up for for at nine minor league, college and amateur teams since 2005, Oleksy signed a three-year entry level contract with Washington on March 3. At one point, he even suited up for a pro-shop chain in his home state of Michigan.
But once he got to Washington, there was no looking back, and he has become a key member of the Capitals blue line corps. He has 9 points in 28 games with the Caps and has posted a +9 plus/minus average, putting him among the team leaders.
"To be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way," Oleksy said. "You really appreciate things a lot more when you have played at every level and the not-so-glorious days in the minors. The opportunity to play in the playoffs is unbelievable."
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