The Red Wings brought Phil Osaer into the organization as the team’s full-time goaltending scout when Steve Yzerman rejoined the Wings’ roster, and the Ferris State Pioneer’s John Raffel posted a profile of the FSU alumnus:
Osaer played his college hockey at Ferris from 1998-2001. He was named the Bulldogs’ Team MVP and voted to the All-CCHA second team in 2001. He was seventh-round NHL draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 1999, Osaer went on to play 12 seasons of professional hockey. He earned call-ups with both the New York Rangers (2003) and Florida Panthers (2005) and later played in Europe. In 2011, he was the starting goaltender for the Norwegian Champion Sparta Warriors.
Ferris coach Bob Daniels called Osaer a goalie who was “very athletically gifted. He played in Europe for a long time. While he was in Europe, he went to the University of St. Andrew in Scotland to finish up his degree. I’m really proud of him for doing that.
“He’s now the full-time goaltending coach for the Red Wings. He has not worked with us (officially) as a coach. But what we’ve had is having him working with our goaltenders this year, getting on a Zoom call with them and talking about the mental approach to be coming goaltender at the elite level and how you have to train and how you have to have your mind right and how you go about your profession.”