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And does Rick Bowness see a future Vezina winner in him? Plus, Jamie Benn gets his score on, the OHL may finally be ready to start the season, and more.

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Jake Oettinger may be ready for the NHL. Is the NHL ready for him?

The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks zoomed in on the Otter commentary after last night’s shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning – especially head coach Rick Bowness’ lavish praise:

“That game was over in the first period without Jake,” Bowness said. “Love his composure, love his compete. He’s getting better every game. He battled hard tonight.”...

“He’s a stud,” [captain Jamie] Benn said. “We don’t even get to where we got to without him. Played a great game, we’re asking a lot of him and he’s definitely stepping up. Just can’t say enough good things about him.”

And it’s interesting to note the example Bowness has chosen of Otter’s possible ceiling:

Bowness, meanwhile, sees a bit of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in the 22-year-old Oettinger.

“Imagine what Jake’s going to be in six, seven years,” Bowness said. “He’ll be right there [by Vasilevskiy].”

Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]


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