2009-10: Jordan Oesterle skated for the Belle Tire U18 midget team in Michigan. He was selected by Sioux Falls in the second round (26th overall) of the 2010 USHL Entry Draft.
2010-11: Oesterle played in 54 of 60 games for Sioux Falls in his first USHL season. He scored 2 goals with 13 assists and was +8 with 16 penalty minutes. The Stampede finished third in the Western Conference and reached the Clark Cup playoff semifinals; falling to eventual champion Dubuque. Oesterle scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +2 in 10 playoff games. In December he committed to playing college hockey at Western Michigan in 2011-12.
2011-12: Oesterle skated in all 41 games for Western Michigan in his freshman season. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +2 with 8 penalty minutes. Western Michigan won the CCHA’s playoff title after finishing tied for second in the regular season; earning a berth in the NCAA West Regional. The Broncos lost to North Dakota, 3-1, in the NCAA West semifinals.
2012-13: Oesterle played in all 38 games in his sophomore season on a Western Michigan defense corps that featured future Detroit Red Wing Dan DeKeyser, Tampa Bay prospect Luke Witkowski, and exciting freshman Kenny Morrison. He scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +7 with 14 penalty minutes. Western Michigan finished third in the CCHA in the conference’s final season but did not receive an NCAA at-large bid after losing to Michigan in the conference quarterfinals.
2013-14: Oesterle made his professional hockey debut with the Oklahoma City Barons after signing a two-year entry-level contract with Edmonton in March 2014 following his junior season at Western Michigan. He scored one goal with four assists and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in four regular season games for the Barons. Oesterle scored 2 goals with 15 assists and was an even plus/minus with 27 penalty minutes in 34 games for Western Michigan. The Broncos finished tied with Minnesota-Duluth for fourth place in the new NCHC conference and reached the playoff semifinals; falling to Denver and then losing 5-0 to North Dakota in the league’s third-place game.
2014-15: Oesterle made his NHL debut with Edmonton in a game against Anaheim on February 21st after being recalled from Oilers’ AHL affiliate Oklahoma City. In six NHL games he had 1 assist and was -4 with no penalties, averaging 14:41 minutes of ice time. Oesterle was second to AHL veteran Brad Hunt in scoring amongst Oklahoma City defensemen. In 65 games he scored 8 goals with 17 assists and was -6 with 8 penalty minutes. The Barons finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Oesterle scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games.
Talent AnalysisA fast-skating defenseman with offensive upside, Oesterle is still a bit raw and lacks ideal size. He has proven capable of scoring at the AHL level thanks to his speed.
Oesterle has spent most of the 2015-16 season with new Edmonton AHL affiliate Bakersfield — appearing in four NHL games with the Oilers during a February call-up. Slowed by a concussion in November, Oesterle has put up points from the blue line for the Condors. Entering his third pro season in 2016-17, he will push for a spot with the Oilers in training camp but could end up back in Bakersfield. Long-term he projects as a lower pairing puck-moving defenseman.