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Les Canadiennes season review: Leslie Oles

The fourth round pick improved as the season went on

Leslie Oles is not a stranger to the CWHL, having played in the league before going to University. She played as a 17 year old when her performance was only overshadowed by another 17 year old - Marie-Philip Poulin, her teammate then and now.

Oles provides Montreal with a lot of skill lower down in the lineup. While the National team members are the ones with the attention, championships are won and lost with the other players on the roster.

She finished the season and playoffs after settling in on Les Canadiennes third line with Jordanna Peroff and Emmanuelle Blais. That line has three players with the skills to play in the top-six.

Oles finished the season with three goals and four assists on the season but that belies the way that the line played. After about the midpoint of the season, the line had tons of scoring opportunities but struggled to finish.

Oles had four points in her first three games and got off to a great start before struggling to add to her totals but don't let that fool you. You noticed Oles on the ice a lot more in the second half, the line just couldn't get the numbers.

The league is a lot different than when Oles played in 2007-08 and 2008-09, and rookies typically take at least half a season to adjust to the speed and skill of the league. You should expect her to hit the ground running in her second season.

Oles biggest assets are her skill and speed, which made her a fourth round pick in the most recent CWHL Draft.

Oles was a four-time all-star at McGill. She ranks third among the team's all-time leaders in games played (199), third in goals (144), fifth in assists (149), and fourth in points (293), while also holding the team's all-time record for penalty minutes (324).