Prospect of Interest: The 411 on Tim Gettinger

General managers from around the NHL comment on the importance of the 2016 NHL Draft.

It’s easy to see why scouts like Tim Gettinger. He’s 6-foot-5, weighs over 200 pounds, and he moves very well for a man his size.

His offensive output hasn’t been explosive to date, but there’s reason to believe he’s got untapped potential in that department.

Here’s everything you need to know about this 2016 NHL Draft prospect.

Age on June 24: 18
Current Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Position: Left Wing/Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 205 pounds
From: North Olmstead, Ohio
Twitter: @Timmy_Getts26
NHL Central Scouting Rank (North America): 37th

Jeff Marek’s Take: Tall and lanky forward, Gettinger does have a skill game to him. Seems to prefer playing a skill game over a power game.

A project…
The consensus on Gettinger is that he’s somewhere in between being a bruising power forward and a skilled goal scorer.

“While he does not shy away from a hit, he is not one to drive the physical play. He is willing to battle along the boards or to get to the front of the net, but he is not a devastating hitter by any means,” says Ben Kerr at

“Gettinger is a goal scorer, with a heavy wrist shot, and an excellent release. He has the instincts to find openings in the defence in order to get off that wrist shot, or a powerful one-timer,” Kerr adds.

Bill Placzek of labels Gettinger “a long-term project with good upside” and notes that he’s “a three-zone player with a good release, soft hands, and inside touch.”

Slowly coming along…
In Gettinger’s first season with the Greyhounds he was given limited ice-time and scratched several times, which is not uncommon for rookies. Nonetheless, he was still able to produce 10 goals and 15 assists in 54 games.

This season, he was in the Greyhounds’ top six as they transitioned from being a dominant team in the OHL to a marginal one, and his production—17 goals and 22 assists in 60 games—wasn’t overwhelming.

However, Gettinger and linemate Boris Katchouk did produce enough early on to earn invitations to the CHL Top Prospects Game in January. Both players dressed for Team Cherry, but were held off the score sheet as part of a 3-2 loss.

Ranking in a nutshell…
With the NHL Draft being such an inexact science, plenty of players will get selected purely on their potential. Gettinger falls into that category, having not yet displayed the type of dominance one might expect for a player of his size.

The Ohio native was ranked 28th among North American prospects by NHL Central Scouting in January and dropped down to 37th, which suggests that his marginal production on the season didn’t greatly affect how he’s perceived.

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