Jake Oettinger is out with a lower-body injury and has no clear timeline marking his return.

The Stars recalled Matt Murray from the Texas Stars to back up Scott Wedgwood. How strong is the goaltending beyond Oettinger and Wedgewood?

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Here’s a breakdown of Dallas’ goalies within their organizational pipeline. 

Matt Murray, Texas Stars, AHL

It’s not the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Champion. Although he shares the same name as the current Maple Leaf, the Stars’ version of Matt Murray is 25 years old and just got called up from the AHL. Murray had a taste of NHL action in March, going 1-2-0. Murray shined at the University of Massachusetts for five years, collecting 73 wins, 39 losses, and four ties. He joined Texas near the end of the 2021-22 season and went 5-1-0. In 2022-23, the St. Albert, AB native posted a .911 save percentage and an 18-10-5 record.

Calm under pressure, Murray backstopped the Stars to a sweep over the Rockford IceHogs before being eliminated in the next round during the playoffs. His stats with Texas this season are 8-4-2, 2.86 GAA, and a .908 save percentage.  Murray leads the AHL Stars on most nights and was most likely to be called up out of anyone on this list.

Remi Poirier, Texas Stars, AHL

A late-round gem, Remi Poirier establishes success everywhere he plays. The French-Canadian netminder supplements Texas’ cage very well as the 1B option for head coach Neil Graham. Poirier was selected in the sixth round in 2020 by Jim Nill and co. In 2022-23, he dominated the East Coast Hockey League with a 19-2-1 record powered by a 2.07 GAA and a .928 save percentage. Dallas promoted him midway through the season to join the Texas Stars. He appeared in 16 games and recorded a 2.74 GAA and .907 save percentage.

The 22-year-old is likely to see substantial action in the AHL before Dallas relies on him as an NHL regular. Realistically, striking a deal to trade Poirier for considerable returns might be an excellent move in the future. Oettinger is only three years older than Poirier and all indications suggest Oettinger is the franchise goaltender.  

Arno Tiefensee, Adler Mannheim, DEL (Germany)

The 2023 fifth-round selection at 157th overall holds an 8-7-0 record with a 2.35 goals against average (GAA) and a .905 save percentage through 14 games with Adler Mannheim in the German professional league. Tiefensee has elite reflexes and is great at stopping low shots and controlling rebounds. Born in 2002, the German netminder led Mannheim into the playoffs with a 2.43 GAA, a .910 save percentage, and a 13-10-0 record last year. Because of its success, Mannheim was promoted in the offseason into a higher league.

The club is currently clinging to the last playoff spot with half the season left. Tiefensee could come to North America within a couple of years, likely joining the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL to start.

Maxim Mayorov, Loki Yaroslavl, MHL (Russia)

There is not a lot of information available when you look up Mayorov. He was drafted by Dallas in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft in the fifth round at 147th overall. In his draft year, he posted a winning record and guarded the net well. He registered a 2.16 GAA and a .931 save percentage. Mayorov has continued to perform well with a new team and a new role this season.

The Russian goaltender has won five out of eight games played with a 1.30 GAA and .944 save percentage as a member of Loki Yaroslavl, which ranks first in the league standings. The club boasts four goaltenders with winning records, and three have GAAs that are less than 2.00. Sergei Murashov, a prospect in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, is the starting goaltender for Yaroslavl. 

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