College team: Boston University (Hockey East)
2016-17 stats: 21-11-3, .927 save percentage
Size: 6-foot-4, 212 pounds
Born: Lakeville, Minn.
Central Scouting rank: No. 1 (North American goalies)
What to know: Boston University is a perennial powerhouse with talented upperclassmen. That didn’t stop Oettinger from walking on campus as a true freshman and immediately grabbing a starting job.
With mental toughness and on-ice skill, Oettinger made a quick impression. He beat out a junior and sophomore for the top spot in the crease. He guided the Terriers into the NCAA Tournament, where they lost, 3-2, in overtime to eventual runner-up Minnesota Duluth.
A defenseman in his early youth hockey days, Oettinger prefers to just stop the puck and let the blue-liners move it. Though the learning curve is steep for netminders as they go up the ranks, Oettinger’s showing at the NCAA level could prompt a team to select him in the opening round. He spent two years in the U.S. National Team Development Program.
He said it: “I love the pressure. That's something that really attracted me. I wanted to have a huge impact on the game every night, and that's what you can do by being a goalie.” – Oettinger to Sabres.com.
The Buffalo News is profiling prospects leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held June 23-24 in Chicago.