23
Photo Credit: Twitter.com/EdmontonOilers

Oilers sign Stuart Skinner to ELC

Just a day after winning the WHL Championship with the Swift Current Broncos, Stuart Skinner inked an entry-level deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Skinner, a local product, was Edmonton’s third-round choice in 2017. He had played for the Lethbridge Hurricanes for three seasons but got traded to the Broncos mid-way through the season as Swift Current made their championship push. From there, Skinner’s performance massively improved. He had an .897 save percentage in 31 games with Lethbridge and improved to a .914 save percentage in 25 games with Swift Current.

In the playoffs, though, Skinner really started to play at an elite level. In the WHL Final, he out-duelled Carter Hart, the goaltender for Team Canada at the World Juniors who’s largely esteemed as the best goalie prospect in Junior hockey, posting a 2.20 GAA and .932 save percentage with six shutouts over the team’s championship run.

With Dylan Wells set to turn pro next season, it seems reasonable to assume Skinner will play another season in Junior. The Oilers will head into 2018-19 with Cam Talbot and Mikko Koskinen as their NHL goalies, Al Montoya is still under contract but could be buried in the AHL, Laurent Brossoit is set to become a UFA, Nick Ellis is an RFA, and Shane Starrett and Wells are on entry-level deals.

SKINNER’S WHL STATS

Season Team Lge GP A PIM Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct
2013-14 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 4 1 0 197 17 0 0 5.17 0 3 0 110 0.866
2014-15 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 43 1 6 2327 143 3 1 3.69 13 20 5 1430 0.909
2015-16 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 44 2 0 2238 102 5 3 2.73 27 10 1 1173 0.920
2016-17 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 60 3 2 3386 184 7 2 3.26 34 18 2 1749 0.905
2017-18 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 31 2 2 1737 98 7 4 3.38 14 15 0 856 0.897
2017-18 Swift Current Broncos WHL 25 1 0 1433 64 2 2 2.68 16 6 1 680 0.914
2017-18p Swift Current Broncos WHL 26 0 2 1609 59 4 6 2.20 16 8 0 811 0.932

Source: Edmonton Oilers, Verified Twitter Account, 5/14/2018 – 11:29 am MST

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    So happy for Skinner, but I’m not holding my breath. Apparently Brossoit was a great WHL goalie for the Oil Kings and, well, we know how he’s turned out as an NHL goalie. That being said, his (Skinner) work at the young stars tournament and this past preseason didn’t go unnoticed by me. Let’s see if Edmonton’s got a keeper here

  • TKB2677

    I find it interesting that people think that the Oilers need to move on from Brossoit. For the record I believe the Oilers should move on from Brossoit as well. He’s 25, have over 5 yrs of development time in the minors. To me, if he hasn’t made it as a back up by now, it’s never going to happen at least in an Oilers uniform. But then you come to Ellis and it’s pretty much a lock he will be back. He’s an RFA. He’s 24. He has 2 years of pro. His first in Bakersfield was really good. This past season he was below .900 in the AHL. I don’t think the Oilers should keep Brossoit but when he went back to the AHL, he posted .912 in Bakersfield. So I don’t get why Ellis should stay either. If you can’t post above .900 in the minors all the time, what future do you have.

  • ziyan94

    He seems like a great prospect, done good work so far. The most important thing now is to let him grow at his own pace (something our management has struggled with for a long time)

  • LAKID

    Who wrote this and when? Is Dylan Wells not playing for Bakersfield? Is the AHL not a professional league? How can Wells turn pro this year AGAIN? Get lost or get the facts.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Cam, I’m not so sure about Skinner heading back to junior next season. I originally thought the same but he’s played four full seasons in the WHL, not sure a fifth season is the best for him.

    I see him as a potential back up (or maybe 1B) in Bakersfield and Wells heading to Wichita. Starret is likely to be the other goalie in Bakersfield.

    Of course, I have no idea what their plans are for LB and Ellis (LB is a UFA and Ellis an RFA). I would have thought they would be moving on from LB but they rode him hard in Bakersfield down the stretch so who knows?

      • OriginalPouzar

        Emanuel Viveiros is being courted by many NHL organizations – he is likely either to be a head coach in the AHL next year or an assistant in the NHL (hopefully on McLellans staff along with Trent Yawney).

  • Mahaloeh

    Good signing but I doubt very much he goes back to junior. He’s played 4+ seasons of junior & 50 playoff games. He turns 20 in November so I bet he’ll be turning pro this year, at least I hope he does!