The Edmonton Oilers hired Dustin Schwartz yesterday, he’s the new
goaltending coach. Schwartz is familiar with Oilers prospect Laurent
Brossoit—who backstopped the Edmonton Oil Kings to the 2012 WHL
championship—and Schwartz might be just what the doctor ordered for the NHL
Laurent Brossoit on working with Dustin Schwartz: “We work really well
together and we found out the little things to focus on that made my
game what it is this season. Pretty much simplified my game – use my
athleticism when it’s needed and not as my primary tool. I just focus on
tracking the puck and keep positioning and it’s working for me this
enjoyed a solid junior career and played well in the ECHL last season
(.923 SP in Bakersfield in 2013-14). So far this season, the young man
has had uneven results but is posting a .913 SP on the strength of a
strong weekend performance. The 21-year old goaltender is one of the
more prominent names on the Schwartz resume, but he’s also working with
blue chip prospect Tristan Jarry this season.
I would love to
discuss this further, but am frighteningly unqualified. I can tell you
that in speaking to Mr. Schwartz many times on the Lowdown, he’s an
intelligent guy with a lot of ideas and a solid hockey background. My
spies in the hockey industry told me today he’s “not a good hire, he’s a
great hire” and that’s all I can say about it save he has many people
who think highly of him in the industry.
THE OILERS G IN 2014-15
Oilers goaltending across their entire network is struggling this
season. Here are the individual save percentages for Oilers goaltenders
so far in 2014-15:
- Laurent Brossoit (AHL) .913
- Frans Tuohiima (AHL) .904
- Ty Rimmer (ECHL) .903
- Tyler Bunz (ECHL) .901
- Zach Nagelvoort (NCAA) .900
- Richard Bachman (AHL) .897
- Viktor Fasth (NHL) .890
- Ben Scrivens (NHL) .887
- Keven Bouchard (QMJHL) .853
not exactly a dynamite quarter, men. Brossoit’s number spiked with a
good performance on the weekend, but there’s a lot of struggling masks
in the group. Now, I have no idea about goaltending beyond 40 years of
yelling ‘stop the damned puck’ at them, but have always been inclined to
believe goalies are witchcraft. After that, I have no idea. Schwartz
has his work cut out for him, we’ll leave it at that.
Chabot was hired by the Oilers in time for the 2010 draft. I’m not
certain how much input he’s had on the names added to the list, but it
is an established fact that he had some input.
Stu MacGregor on the drafting of Keven Bouchard: “We
had a bit of an eye on him from the previous year, and I just happened
to be at a game that he did play, and he did get a period at the
Memorial Cup that I was there at. He’s a guy with potential … he’s very
fit, he’s very strong, so he’s willing to put in the work to get better.
Freddy Chabot and
Sylvain Rodrigue know him really well, so that helps. They’ve been
involved with him, and they used that experience to [advise] that he’d
be a prospect.” Source
in the 2010 draft, Edmonton has selected Tyler Bunz, Samu Perhonen,
Frans Tuohimaa, Zach Nagelvoort and Keven Bouchard in the entry draft.
Only Perhonen was a high (early third round) pick. How do the Oilers
evaluate goalies? I don’t know. Perhaps the Oilers should look at Mr.
Chabot’s involvement in that area and reevaluate how they’ve been
conducting business at the draft. You’d be hard pressed to call the
goalies selected during the period 2010-14 as a success, although to be
fair we’re miles from the five year mark on several of them.
The Edmonton Oilers hired a new goaltender coach yesterday. He has a lot of work to do, possibly in more than one role.
(Barons photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)