In 10 games this season, Olesz has two assists, averaging 11:25 minutes on ice per game.
This is a wise move by the Devils. If no one claims him by noon tomorrow, he can be sent down to Albany.
This likely signals that one of, if not both,Travis Zajac or Patrik Elias will be ready to return to the lineup for Thursday's game in Philadelphia.
At this point, it's preferable to see what the Devils have left in their own former first-round draft picks in Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby. They took a flier on Olesz and from the eye test thus far, he appears to be no more than a third-line grinder who can protect the puck and get an occasional scoring chance.
If he gets claimed, it's less of a logjam when the Devils need a fill-in at forward. If he doesn't, he's a nice insurance policy sitting down in Albany.
Stay tuned. It appears more moves could happen before Thursday.
UPDATE 3:23 p.m.: GM Lou Lamoriello told Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger that it's not definite Olesz will be sent to Albany if he clears.