Kristian Oldham

Hometown:

Anchorage Alaska

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1997-06-25

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (153rd overall), 2015

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Kristian Oldham played in his first junior hockey game as a 15-year-old,  stopping 31 of 36 shots for the North American Hockey League’s Kenai River Brown Bears in a 7-5 win over the Wenatchee Wild in a March 15th game. The Anchorage native spent much of the season with the Alaska All-Stars U16 AAA team. Oldham was selected by Omaha in the 19th round (277th overall) in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft. 

2013-14: Oldham appeared in 23 regular season contests and one playoff game as a backup to 19-year-old Zach Quinn in his first NAHL season with Kenai River. He was 11-6-2 with 1 shutout and had a 3.17 goals against and 901 save percentage during the regular season. Oldham stopped 28 of 31 shots in a 4-3 win over Fairbanks in his only playoff start. He had the opportunity to play for the USA U17 team, posting a 1.81 goals against and .929 save percentage in four games at the Five Nations Tournament as the squad captured a gold medal. 

2014-15: Oldham joined Omaha for his first USHL season, seeing the bulk of the action in net for the Lancers when 20-year-old Montreal prospect Hayden Hawkey suffered an injury. In 33 regular season games he was 21-6-4 with 1 shutout and had a 2.49 goals against and .908 save percentage. The Lancers finished third in the Western Conference, falling to the Tri-City Storm in a first-round playoff series. Oldham was 0-3 in three playoff games despite a 2.73 goals against and .919 save percentage. In February 2015 he committed to playing college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2016-17. Oldham was ranked 29th amongst the 30 North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round (153rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Given the success of Ben Bishop, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Kristers Gudlevskis, it should be no surprise that the Lightning went with another big goaltender in the 2015 NHL Draft. Oldham, an Alaska native, is listed at 6’3 and 205lbs with room to grow. In addition to having the physical tools, he’s an athletic goaltender, but needs to work on his rebound control and positioning. At this point, he’s a very raw product.

Future

Oldham is committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the 2015-16 season. Last year’s starter, Ryan Massa, has graduated so Oldham will get every opportunity to earn the net in his freshman season.

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