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The Edmonton Oilers recalled Jordan Oesterle on Friday, the young defender’s first trip to the NHL. Oesterle joins Mark Arcobello, Tanner House, Hunter Tremblay and Taylor Fedun as college free-agent Barons who showed well in Oklahoma City. Will he be the most successful of the group?


Oesterle played his college hockey at Western Michigan under former NHL coach Andy Murray. At the time of his signing, Chris Peters wrote about him and his progress in college hockey:

  • Chris Peters, United States of Hockey: The
    junior defenseman has developed well under WMU’s defensive-minded head
    coach Andy Murray. Oesterle added a little more offense to his
    game, but it’s his defending that has drawn interest. I remember hearing
    about him way back in the middle of the season when scouts noted he was
    developing into a really solid defender and was going to be a factor on
    the college UFA market. If Oesterle can get just a little stronger, he
    should be able to round out into an NHL-caliber defenseman. Having
    played on a team where they rely on defense, Oesterle had a big role
    with the Broncos, often playing top-pairing minutes. I think he’s going
    to need a fair amount of time in the AHL to continue to get stronger and
    adjust to the pro game, but he’s a smart hockey player with potential.
    He’s headed to Oklahoma city right away, so the Oilers won’t be burning a
    year off of his two-year ELC. It’s a relatively low-risk signing for a
    defenseman that has been trending up developmentally.

In 113 college games, Oesterle posted some nice boxcars (7-27-34) and had an impressive shot total (142). The Oilers signed the college man during an active March 2014:

  • Traded a 2014 fifth-round pick and a 2015 third-round pick to Anaheim for Viktor Fasth
  • Traded Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2014 fifth-round pick
  • Traded Ales Hemsky to Ottawa for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a 2015 third-round pick. 
  • Signed Jordan Oesterle.

The least famous name in the group but a year later Oesterle is a recall player and may have an NHL future. 

  • Barons coach Gerry Fleming: “He came out of Western Michigan with some pretty good numbers. Highly
    touted. He’s come and picked up right where he left off with his college
    career. Most kids coming out of college or junior, there’s a bit of a
    learning curve there but Jordan’s adjusted quickly and hopefully he can
    continue with his progress.”

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One area we can watch for in regard to Oesterle is foot speed. Todd Nelson was impressed during training camp by the young defender’s ability to use that speed in game situations:

  • Nelson: “It’s amazing what skating ability will do for you. His decision-making with the puck was good too. He keeps
    getting better and better.” Source

From what we’re told, Oesterle has played both sides and has shown solid growth during the season. His boxcars (49gp, 6-15-21) in Oklahoma City suggest a capable puck-moving defenseman and that’s the name of the modern game. It’s also likely we’ll see some defensive chaos, that should be expected with any new NHL defenseman—it’s a very difficult position to play.

At 22, Oesterle received a call ahead of other options (Brad Hunt, Brandon Davidson, Dillon Simpson, Martin Gernat, David Musil) and that alone is a tell about the organization’s opinion. Should he play in an NHL game in the coming days, it would represent an even stronger indicator about the Oilers’ feeling towards the player.

Oesterle photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved.

  • sportsjunkie007

    Forwards us high flex sticks to gain speed on their shots at the net. What in the world is Oesterle, a defenseman, doing with that wet noodle in his hands (see top picture)?

  • The organization’s opinion is almost always wrong. Maxed out on the cap, cupboard is bare, and still going to finish last or close to it. The more players that move on and have success the quicker Katz may come to his senses and finally get rid of his Tree Fort gang.

  • I for onre wish him the best of luck………us Oilers fans need something to cheer about, and since Todd Nelson has come in we have something to cheer about.

    If Mac T can do his part and bring in some good players for the second and third lines……….I suspect we will be fine for next year.

    Bringing in a new coach, is not the answer……….Mac T accidentally got lucky with Nelson, he was always there.

    Sometime the real answer is starring you in the face…….but you cant see it.

    Hope Mac T has learned something!

  • derrickhands

    This is a classic example of what happens by just reading the stats. This call up has Baron fans stump, and was not deserving. Unless paired with Musil, Oesterle is a horror story, especially when he was paired with Dillon Simpson. He is not close to Davidson & Musil and some of us suspect MacTavish is playing favorites here. Yes Oesterle has some points, but most of that is due to the PP which was deadly under Nelson. As a Barons fan that follows and watches the games I would take this piece with a gain of salt.

  • mesa

    “it would represent an even stronger indicator about the Oilers’ feeling towards the player.”

    That’s all I need to know. The oilers think he’s a good dman. That tells me he’s not a very good dman

  • Grizz 52

    I think this young fellow has some skills. A bit of a Petry look on the rush. As far as I am concerned he looked pretty damn good for his first NHL game. Also don’t understand why anyone would be bashing Petry??