Dallas Stars Daily Links: Jake Oettinger on His Future

The Stars’ top goaltending prospect talks about his bubble experience, next steps, and more. Plus, looking ahead towards World Juniors, plans for the 2020-21 regular season, and more.

After years of struggling to develop a homegrown goalie talent, the Dallas Stars are convinced they have their goaltender of the future in 2017 first rounder Jake Oettinger. Serving as Anton Khudobin’s backup during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Oettinger gained a lot of experience both on and off the ice, setting him up for future success:

“I don’t think you can really put into words how valuable everything that I went through and experienced was. I think being able to learn from (Anton Khudobin and Ben Bishop) and from our goalie coach Jeff Reese every day was something I’ll never forget, and it’s already helping me right now in my game. I already feel like I’m a much better goalie now than I was before the reboot happened.”

Oettinger believes he’s ready for the NHL now, but Khudobin and Ben Bishop are both under contract until 2023. That might change in the future with the NHL Expansion Draft looming in 2021, but for now, Oettinger will likely have to get his playing time elsewhere:

“I want to play in games. At the end of the day, I want those games to come with the Dallas Stars. But if they’re not, I’ll go anywhere to play games... that’s where I’m going to make the biggest strides by just getting more experience in those games, whether it be in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL or somewhere over in Europe, who knows, only time is going to tell that. Hopefully, we can get that sorted out soon and I can find a home for next year.”

You can read more from Saad Yousuf’s interview with Oettinger here.

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