Jake Oettinger – Dallas Stars
Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger has been at the top of his game since his first NHL season. Oettinger, 24, is not only one of the best goaltenders in the Western Conference but in the entire NHL. He is at the top of the goaltending statistics every season and he has led the Stars to much success. Last season, Oettinger had an incredible record of 37-11-11 with a 2.37 GAA and a .919 save percentage with five shutouts. Although his record was subpar in the playoffs, he still posted a record of 10-9 with an .895 save percentage and a GAA of 3.06. For his career in teh regular season, he has a record of 79-34-19 with a GAA of 2.42 and a save percentage of .916 with seven shutouts.
He is still very young but has adapted well enough to carry Dallas through the regular season. He relies on his instincts and reflexes to turn away shot after shot, regardless of what time it is in the game. Oettinger is full of energy and gives that same energy when he is on the ice as his team feeds off of that and plays to their full potential. Before his NHL career is done he should have a few Vezina Trophies on his mantle because of his hard work to be the best goaltender in the NHL.
Oettinger’s 2022/2023 NHL season was so spectacular that he finished fifth in the Vezina Trophy voting. He has given the Dallas Stars the reliable goaltending they have searched for since the days of Marty Turco. Oettinger shows no signs of slowing down as he is the Stars starter for the long haul. He is not an elite goaltender but he is most certainly in the top tier. Along with all of the success he has had in his young career, he also has four career points to his credit, all assists. This upcoming season will be no different as he should be one of the top five goaltenders in the league.