Hawks hoping Olesz realizes potential

ST.PAUL, Minn. -- In addition to shedding salary the Chicago Blackhawks also received a former first-round pick, Rostislav Olesz, when they traded defenseman Brian Campbell to Florida late Thursday night.

Olesz injured his knee in late February and missed the rest of the season after scoring six goals and 11 assists in 44 games. He had successful offseason knee surgery that should have him ready for next year.

“Timing wise he’ll be prepared,” general manager Stan Bowman said. “With those knee injuries, you have to do the time to put in the rehab, but it’s not a concern. He’ll be ready for camp.”

By all accounts Olesz has a ton of unrealized potential since being drafted seventh overall in 2004.

“This guy has potential to be a great player,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. “He’s huge and can skate. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out in Florida. I don’t know for what reasons. This guy has tremendous upside.”