Jamie Olek­siak, a 6-​​foot-​​7, 255-​​pound defenseman for the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity men’s hockey team, has been selected by the Dallas Stars with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The freshman, who posted four goals and nine assists in 38 games with the Huskies, was the country’s top col­le­giate prospect in this year’s draft class, according to the NHL Cen­tral Scouting Bureau. He is Northeastern’s second-​​ever first-​​round NHL draft pick. Mike Morris, who played for the Huskies from 2002 to 2007, was selected with the 27th overall pick by San Jose in 2002.

It’s unbe­liev­able and I couldn’t be hap­pier,” Olek­siak said of being selected by Dallas, a com­pet­i­tive club that amassed 42 wins and 95 points last season. “I’m really excited right now and I think it’s a really good fit for me.

I talked with Dallas’ scouts and the man­age­ment before and I’m really looking for­ward to this opportunity.”

The imposing blue­liner pos­sesses a unique blend of strength and agility that invokes com­par­isons to NHL super­star Zdeno Chara, the tallest pro hockey player of all time, who hoisted the Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins ear­lier this month.

Chara’s a big guy, but he’s very mobile and has a great ability to get pucks through to the net,” Olek­siak told the News@Northeastern in Feb­ruary. “I like to carry the puck out of my own zone and make smart plays by passing to the forwards.”

Northeastern’s interim head coach Sebastien Laplante praised Oleksiak’s com­pet­i­tive drive. “Jamie is a ter­rific prospect with tons of upside ahead of him,” he said. “He is a great kid who went from rel­a­tively unknown to a high-​​end prospect because of his ded­i­ca­tion to becoming an elite player and his work ethic.”