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Jamie Oleksiak: Photo by Michael Miller

The Pittsburgh Penguins will undoubtedly offer restricted free agent defenseman Jamie Oleksiak a $1 million qualifying offer by the deadline for such matters, Monday, June 25. That part isn’t in doubt.

What comes after the qualifying offer for Oleksiak and the Penguins, however, is a high stakes game of speculation and belief.

Believe it or not, Oleksiak’s camp has the advantage. Because he resides in the approximate $2 million range for projected salary, the Penguins would receive little compensation if they allow Oleksiak to skate away via an outside offer sheet. For offer sheets under $2 million, the compensation is only a third-round choice. For offers above $2.029 million but under $3.925 million, the return is just a second-round pick.

The dearth of free-agent defensemen, Oleksiak’s re-discovered potential, and the low compensation could make him a desirable offer sheet candidate. The Penguins will have to march¬†strong to the negotiating table to protect their reclamation project from poaching general managers.

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