Jake Oettinger has signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Dallas Stars, where he was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft.
Formerly a junior goaltender with Boston University, the Lakeville, Minnesota native was voted the 2018 Hockey East Tournament MVP and 2017 Hockey East Second-Team All-Star, and was selected to the 2018 Hockey East All-Tournament Team and 2017 Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
Additional accolades for the 17-time Hockey East Top Performer include being a five-time Hockey East Goaltender of the Week, two-time Hockey East Rookie of the Week, and one-time Hockey East Player of the Week and Hockey East Goaltender of the Month.
The 2017 World Juniors gold medalist took over between the pipes as soon as he arrived at BU for 2016-17, putting up a career-best .927 save percentage and 2.11 goals-against average to go along with a career-high 56 saves in the NCAA West Regional first round against North Dakota.
Oettinger tallied a career-best five shutouts as a sophomore in 2017-18, and backstopped BU to a Hockey East championship. Becoming an assistant captain for 2018-19, Oettinger made 89 saves on 93 shots when at the TD Garden, and tied BU’s career shut-out record with 13.
Having joined BU from the USA National Under-18 team, Oettinger now concludes his collegiate career having logged 6,566 minutes in the crease over 109 games, posting 3,054 saves en route to 58 wins and a career save percentage of .923 and career goals-against average of 2.34.
After graduating later this spring, Oettinger will join a Dallas Stars organization with tremendous young talent, and will likely take a spot in the American Hockey League with the Texas Stars to adjust to the professional game before aiming for a consistent NHL role.
During Oettinger’s time at BU, the Terriers won a Hockey East championship and made two appearances in the national tournament.