Monday, May 3, 2010

USHL Draft Coverage- Jordan Oesterle

I have been contacted by to write up some profiles on players that may be drafted into the USHL this year in the USHL Entry Draft. I will be writing a profile almost every day leading up to the draft beginning with forwards, then on to defensemen, and finishing with goaltenders. These are in no particular order, as the Entry Draft is hard to predict. I haven't seen these players play either, so if you have seen them play and have something to add, please do. Enjoy!

Jordan Oesterle (Belle Tire) is the first defenseman I'll be writting on for my coverage of the USHL Entry Draft. In case you haven't been keeping track, we have 15 days until the Draft. On to Oesterle now, he is what would be referred to as an offensive defenseman. In 47 games with Belle Tire midget major, Oesterle had 30 points. He wasn't the greatest goalscorer, only netting 5 this past year. But where he lacked in goal scoring ability, he made up in playmaking skill. Oesterle had 25 assists on the season which shows his passing ability, and I'm sure a good number of those assists came off deflected shots by his teammates. Oesterle showed up at the USHL Combine standing at 6'0"/165 pounds which is average size for a defenseman at this level. In the USHL, expect Oesterle to be used like a fourth forward for whatever team he ends up on. Also, he should be a great powerplay quarterback at the USHL level. I would compare him to Fargo Force defenseman Eamonn McDermott, who is one of the best powerplay defenseman in the league. Oesterle is definitely a guy to keep your eye on in the future.

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