Ramblings: Oettinger Signs, Draisaitl vs. Matthews, Drafting D-Men Early (Sept 2)

Ian Gooding

2022-09-02

Anyone relying on Jake Oettinger this season no longer needs to worry about his contract status. The Stars signed Oettinger to a three-year extension worth $4 million per season. This amount certainly seems affordable given the upside that Oettinger showed in last season's playoffs (7 GP, 1.81 GAA, .954 SV%, 7 QS).

The Stars still have some unfinished business, as fellow RFA Jason Robertson still has yet to be signed. Although he might appear to be a tight squeeze with the Stars showing just over $6 million in cap space, one likely scenario is to send Anton Khudobin to the AHL once the season starts.

Back to Oettinger. As much as he seems to be on an upward trajectory, I believe he is being drafted too early in many leagues. His Yahoo ADP is currently 47, which is higher than that of Frederik Andersen, Thatcher Demko, and Tristan Jarry. Oettinger could be among the top 10 in terms of starts, which isn't something that was possible in 2021-22 due to starting the season in the AHL. However, we have to be careful not to credit Oettinger too much for his playoff performance, as history has shown that an outstanding playoff run doesn't always carry forward to the regular season. Note that the inconsistent Jack Campbell and James Reimer had a similar quality start percentage over a similar number of games played compared to Oettinger (56.3 QS%).

Oettinger's ADP on Fantrax is 82, which is more in line with his ranking of 87 on the Top 100 Roto Rankings. Do you think that's too high or too low? Feel free to leave feedback.

Tomorrow, I'll provide a few more players that I believe are being drafted too high.

After taking last weekend off and getting some much-needed catchup time with family and f