The Edmonton Oilers made a big splash on trade 24 hours before the NHL trade deadline: trading goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild for a fourth-round pick and receiving goaltender Viktor Fasth from the Anaheim Ducks for a pair of mid-round pick in 2014 and 2015. With the recent two-year extension to current starter Ben Scrivens, the Oilers are starting to look pretty good in net.
Sure, the blue line could still use some work, as even the best goaltender would struggle behind the Oilers weak defense, but between their depth at forward and now the crease looking pretty good, maybe Edmonton is finally turning the corner on this multi-year rebuild.
In his 20 games played with the Oilers, Bryzgalov had five wins with a .913 SV% and a 3.01 GAA. While nothing to write home about, it was remarkably better than Devan Dubnyk, who was waived by the Oilers and later the Nashville Predators. Dubnyk had 11 wins in 32 games played, .885 SV%, and a 3.36 GAA.
Now Edmonton has a goalie tandem of Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth. In his seven games played with Edmonton, Scrivens has three wins, a .940 SV%, and a 2.15 GAA. Sure it’s a small sample size, but he has been solid in net so far. In 19 games played with the Kings this season, Scrivens also had seven wins, a .931 SV%, and 1.97 GAA. Fasth has played in five games for Anaheim this season and has won two of them. He has a .885 SV% and a 2.95 GAA. Again, it’s a small sample size and a bit lower than his breakout 2013 season, where he had 15 wins in 25 games played, a .921 SV%, and a 2.18 GAA.
If given more opportunities, Fasth can find his game and Edmonton could have a seriously dangerous goalie tandem. This season is a complete loss, but with a rebuilt blue line in the offseason, the Oilers may finally be a contender next season.
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