After three years playing for Boston University, Dallas Stars prospect Jake Oettinger has finally graduated to the professional leagues. It’s been quite the change of pace for the team’s top goaltending prospect, but he feels he’s adjusting well:
“For me, I think it’s been a good learning experience so far,” Oettinger said earlier this week before playing Manitoba. “I think I’ve had a lot of highs and a lot of lows. I think that’s going to come with a long season and my first year pro and all that type of stuff.”
Oettinger currently has a .897 SV% for the season across 8 games. That doesn’t look good at first, but context is important. As Texas head coach Derek Laxdal points out, the Stars haven’t been played particularly well this season:
“I know those are individual numbers, but not really,” Laxdal said. “Those are team-focused numbers, and I think our goaltenders are suffering right now from some of our inexperienced play of our group. … We’ve really been discombobulated with our whole look of our group, and I think our goalies are paying the price for it right now. As we move forward and things tighten up, you’re going to see those numbers rise.”
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ICYMI, the Stars won beat the Vancouver Canucks last night! Here’s Jim Montgomery’s post game presser:
Here’s Blake Comeau, who arguably scored the goal of the year for Dallas:
"I think everyone's bought into playing good defensive hockey. We're checking well, we're getting great goaltending obviously, and that was the identity of our team last year." - Blake Comeau#DALvsVAN | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/d1xXmnm6wC— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 15, 2019
And here’s Tyler Seguin, who had the game winner:
Around the League
It was a good Thursday evening for the Central Division. For the most part, that is:
- A third period shootout ended up in favor of the Winnipeg Jets, who edged out the Florida Panthers 4-3. [NHL]
- Elsewhere, the Minnesota Wild also prevailed by a single goal, winning 3-2 against the Arizona Coyotes. [Hockey Wilderness]
- And while all this was happening, the Colorado Avalanche dropped four goals in the first period to the Edmonton Oilers en route to a 6-2 loss. Ouch. [Copper and Blue]
Everyone send good thoughts towards Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie, who suffered a seizure during the team’s practice today:
TJ Brodie at home after being discharged from hospital.https://t.co/94le7Kx81p— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 15, 2019
A settlement has been reached in the court case against Auston Matthews:
Look, I’m not saying the New Jersey Devil’s only problem is their goaltending, but...
It’s taking some time, but Kaapo Kakko is finally getting used to this whole NHL thing:
With three goals and a shootout tally over the past two games, Kakko is starting to acclimate to his new surroundings.https://t.co/T3ds4AXx1F— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 14, 2019
Well, well, well — what have we here?