The Edmonton Oilers have called up goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. The Oilers will play their next game on Tuesday night at Rexall Place when the Columbus Blue Jackets come to town.
Bryz could possibly be the starter Tuesday night, matching up against his former teammate in Sergei Bobrovsky on the other side of the ice. The Oilers have had issues in net this season and turned to signing Bryzgalov to a one year $2 million contract.
The 44th overall pick in 2000, Bryzgalov played in two games while he was with the Oklahoma City Barons, posting a record of 1-1, with a goals against average of 3.03, and a save percentage of .880%.
Edmonton will be the fourth team Bryzgalov has been a part of since entering the league. Drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Bryz made his way to Phoenix, and then to Philadelphia before the Flyers bought him out of his contract over the summer.
Bryzgalov found it hard to find himself a job until Edmonton’s struggles in net early this summer. This is his chance to get his game back together in the NHL and maybe find himself a job again. Bryzgalov holds a career record of 208-149-45 with a goals against average of 2.55, and a save percentage of .913%.