Jake Oettinger

by mjk121882 on July 23, 2017

Jake Oettinger, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-04

Weight: 218 lbs

Born: 1998-12-18

Hometown:  Lakeville, MN

Drafted: 1st round 2017 (26th overall)

Observations:

July 2017 – Likely the best goalie in the 2017 draft, Jake Oettinger has found early success everywhere he has played. As a high school Freshman, he led Lakeville North to the ultra-competitive Minnesota High School State tournament. Then as a Freshman at Boston University he won the crease over two older classmen, and never relented. He posted a 2.11 GAA and .927 save percentage in 35 games, and tallied one of his best games during the NCAA tournament against the stacked University of North Dakota. Oettinger had 56 saves and stole the game from UND.

 

Jake uses his large frame to cut down on angles, plays quick with smooth lateral movement, and has a great glove. Yet perhaps his best asset is his composure. Oettinger never gets rattled, always remains calm. His longtime goalie coach, David Rogalski proclaims “his mind is beyond elite.” He stays within himself well, and seems to have his best stuff when under the most pressure. Still very young, especially for a goaltender, he’ll turn 19 in December, where he’ll be back at BU. It sounds like he’ll stay for all four years at BU, something that isn’t uncommon for goalies. Usually it takes longer for goalies to make their NHL debut, but given Oettinger’s incredible maturity, it could be sooner than later. It may not be crazy to expect him to debut before the age of 24. -Matt Kowalski

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

Oettinger projects as an upper echelon starting goalie in the NHL with all of the intangibles for success, including large size, nasty glove, elite puck handling, and superb awareness.

 

Footage:

Oettinger showcases his puck handling, awareness, and ability to use large frame to fill the net:

 

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