Olynyk takes the spot on the RiverKings’ roster that was left open when the team place forward Sheldon Wenzel on the 45-day IR. Wenzel suffered an injury to his knee in Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Rocky Mountain Rage.
Olynyk is in his second pro season. He played his rookie season of 2003-04 with the Thunder. In 57 games, the Saskatoon, SASK native scored a goal, added five assists to go with 231 penalty minutes and 31 major penalties.
The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Olynyk played collegiate hockey at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology the past two seasons, playing in 43 games, scoring six goals, assisting on eight and amassing 151 PIM.
He started this season with the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League and played in six games. He was waived on Wednesday.