Weight: 200 Pounds
Date of birth: April 14, 1998. North Olmstead, OH
Position: Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 3, 49th overall, 2014 OHL Priority Selection.
Gettinger played for the Cleveland Barons Under-16 during the 2013-2014 season and in 34 games scored 24 goals and added 8 assists. His characterization as a goal scorer was cemented.
Last season was Gettinger’s rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League and much like teammate (and first round pick) Zachary Senyshyn, was relegated to a bottom six role while being a healthy scratch on occasion simply because of the depth and a very strong Greyhounds squad. In 54 games, he scored 10 goals and 15 assists and 1 goal and 1 assist while getting into the lineup for a half dozen games.
Gettinger also put in a very strong performance at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August. He scored twice and added two assists in four games. In September, Gettinger competed in the CCM/USA Hockey 2015 All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, NY. He scored once for Team Roenick as they lost 6-4 to Team Plante in the annual exhibition of the top American prospects available for the draft.
But it’s been a mixed bag so far this season for Gettinger.
First and foremost, one must understand that the Greyhounds are on a sort of a mini rebuild after the team dominated last season before bowing out to the Erie Otters in the Eastern Conference Finals. They are a young team on a quick turnaround that could be right back in the mix next season with all their young talent.
Last season he showed an ability to use his size to intimidate, drive the net, control the walls and was a solid net front presence. This season however, Gettinger looks to be kind of confused as to what type of player he should be, often trying to play a skilled game instead of using his strengths.
That said Gettinger isn’t without talent. He has great speed especially for a guy who is 6’6”. He’s shown to have the smarts and ability to get open and has a good shot that he can get off. Learning to mix that in with a dump and chase, battle for pucks, get to the front of the net, use his speed and size to retrieve pucks, and then use that size to maintain possession is key for Gettinger. If he can combine it all instead of trying to be one or the other, he should have a productive NHL career. He’s still a raw talent, and it would be hard to bet against him.
On September’s NHL Central Scouting list of players to watch, and their updated November list, Gettinger was listed as a B prospect – typically a second or third round prospect. On their January mid-term rankings, Gettinger was ranked 28th among North American skaters – 12th among OHL players (not including goaltenders). When you include goaltenders and European skaters, you are probably looking at a late second round pick.