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2017 Draft diary: Jake Oettinger

Boston University goalie discusses interviews, medical testing at NHL Scouting Combine

by Jake Oettinger / Special to

Jake Oettinger, No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goaltenders eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, concluded his freshman season at Boston University in Hockey East. The native of Lakeville, Minnesota, led Hockey East with a 2.09 goals-against average in 20 league games and became the ninth BU goaltender named to a Hockey East all-star team. He went 21-11 with three ties, a 2.11 goals-against average, four shutouts and .927 save percentage in 35 games. Oettinger (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) has offered to maintain a blog for leading up to the 2017 draft in Chicago on June 23-34. His latest blog comes after his time at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo.

BUFFALO -- It's been a fun week here for the Combine.

I arrived Sunday night, and started with my interviews around noon. For the first four days I was here, it was all interviews and hanging out with my buddies.

I met with 27 teams in all. I don't think any in particular stood out. Some teams need a goalie more than others so you feel like their interviews were a little more in-depth. Overall they were all good interviews and it was nice to get to know the staffs and all the personnel and people like that.

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I didn't get too many funny or weird questions. The one that stands out was I got asked if I made my bed in the morning. I said I try to if I'm at home but definitely not when I'm at school.

I had medical testing on Wednesday, which was cool. They took a bunch of measurements of me that I'd never seen done before.

On Thursday, I had the FMS testing. It was a lot of mobility, range of motion, stuff like that. I think it has to do with being able to see how prone you are to injury and how flexible and mobile your joints and muscles are. I'd never done that before so that was pretty fun to see.


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The VO2 Max test was Friday. That's definitely one of those tests that you get a little nervous about when you see you're going to have to do it. You've got to look at it like it's 15 minutes out of your life to go as hard as you can on a bike. It's definitely a test I was anxious for and it was nice to get it over with.

The rest of the tests were Saturday. I wasn't really nervous about them. I just had to be confident in the training that I had done leading up to this, and just go out and do my best.

Nothing really surprised me out there. I thought I did a pretty good job of reading up on the tests and asking around for advice.

The Wingate test was the hardest. It's 30 seconds on a bike going as hard as you can possibly go. It's pretty quick but extremely tough. Another one of those that's nice to get over with.

And the guy screaming at me wasn't bad. It definitely gets you going a little bit more so it's something that I like and it's nice having someone there to push you.

I left for Boston on Saturday afternoon. I'm taking summer classes at Boston University, and I'll also be getting back to my normal routine of training and skating. I'll be in Boston until I head to the draft in Chicago.

Thanks for reading.

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