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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Jake Oettinger Building Towards His NHL Future

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The Stars goaltending prospect didn’t make the leap from the NCAA this year, but he’s focused on eventually being the team’s NHL starter. Plus, the Stars may have lost last night, a coaching change that shocked the NHL, and more.

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Jake Oettinger was set to be the goalie of the future for the Dallas Stars when they selected him in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. But then Colton Point proceeded to have a breakout year at Colgate, cementing the fact that despite Oettinger’s draft position, nothing was going to be handed to him outright.

Point turned pro this year and was recently sent down to the ECHL in Idaho after a rough start for the Texas Stars in Cedar Park. Oettinger is going through a similarly rough start at Boston University, though the team is still getting used to a new head coach after David Quinn left to take a job with the New York Rangers this offseason:

“I think he gave us some good nights in the net but those couple of games we didn’t score (but) it’s hard to play when you’re trailing for an extended period of time. So those two games, we don’t even score,” BU coach Albie O’Connell said. “Yeah, we love him. He’s the backbone of our team. We’re going to have to ride him to go anywhere we want to go, it’s going to be on him.”

Oettinger says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll turn pro after this year or not, but one thing is for certain: he sees himself wearing Victory Green one day:

“Right now I’m focused on the season. But obviously, I set long-term goals and one of those is to be a starting goalie for the Dallas Stars,” Oettinger said.

You can read more in Sean Shapiro’s piece here.


Stars Stories

What, you want more Oettinger? Fine, here’s a story by Matthew DeFranks that also came out yesterday: [SportsDay DFW]

It’s been rough being a DFW sports fan for the past *checks calendar* bajillion years, but at least the Stars give reason for hope:

Besides that, nothing really news-worthy happened yesterday concerning the Stars. Yes sirree, nothing at all.


Central Census

It was busy last night in the NHL, but only two Central teams took the ice. That’s right, only two:

You’ve probably heard by now, but the Chicago Blackhawks started Tuesday morning by dropping this bombshell on everyone:

Most fans complained that it was Quenneville, and not GM Stan Bowman, who got the axe, but apparently that possibility was never seriously considered: [Second City Hockey]

If the Blackhawks are hoping this change will put them in the right direction, well...

It’s not often a head coach with three recent Stanley Cups becomes available mid-season. Greg Wyshnyski breaks down which teams could pounce on the opportunity: [ESPN]


League Links

You know times are tough when your team’s nickname is used as a synonym for “bad”:

Speaking of the video, Matt Larkin writes that you shouldn’t blame the Ottawa Senators players for being human: [The Hockey News]

I hope you’re not already looking forward to the 2019 NHL Draft, but in case you want to peek ahead:


Finally...

Okay, suppose there was a Stars game last night. I’m sure if that did happen, it would have been something like, I dunno, a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. And I guess that in that case, head coach Jim Montgomery might have said something along these lines in his post-game presser:

And it’s possible that Tyler Seguin, who could have gone scoreless yet again, gave an interview as well:

Of course, this is all hypothetical. After all, the Stars definitely did not play a game last night.