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Photo Credit: Andy Devlin

Stuart Skinner talks goalie prospects

Rookie development camp is underway at the Downtown Community Arena and we’ve been getting some pretty good insight to our newcomers throughout the week. Goalie prospect, Stuart Skinner, spent some time with the media today and gave some great insight of the camp through his eyes.

Skinner had a big year for himself. After being drafted by the Oilers last June, he went on to have one of his best seasons in the WHL and won the championship with his new team, the Swift Current Broncos. He’s now in his second Oilers development camp and is leading the newcomers, Olivier Rodrigue and Shane Starrett behind Dylan Wells.

After the draft, Edmonton has turned itself into a goalie warehouse. Let’s take a quick peek at what our current goaltending system looks like:

Cam Talbot, Edmonton Oilers, NHL
Mikko Koskinen, Edmonton Oilers, NHL

Al Montoya, Bakersfield Condors, AHL
Stuart Skinner, Bakersfield Condors, AHL

Dylan Wells, Whichita Thunder, ECHL (via Dustin Neilson)
Shane Starrett, Whichita Thunder, ECHL
Olivier Rodrigue, Drummondville Voltigeurs, QMJHL
Hayden Hawkey, Providence College, NCAA

THAT’S A LOT OF GOALIES! I suppose I’d rather have too many goalies than too little. It will create some good competition between everyone and that can only mean positive for the Oilers organization.

Stuart Skinner had a lot of great things to say about the four goalies participating in camp this week. It’s nice to see they’re getting along because from experience, goalies competing for a roster spot can get pretty competitive. Of course this is only a development camp, and things may be different come main camp. Either way, it’s great that they are all friends. You can find the full interview here. But here’s what he had to say about his fellow goaltenders.

We’re a really tight group. All these guys are great guys, professional, hard workers.

It’s Rodrigue’s first NHL camp. Seeing him on the ice, he’s a special goalie out there. Same with Starret and Wellsy.

I love those guys, they are really great guys and we have a great friendship.

They’ve been producing some great Internet #content as well. As someone who lives on the Internet all day long, I condone of this behaviour.

 

I’m really curious to see how our goaltending situation shakes out in the next few years. Stuart Skinner is pretty hyped up right now (rightfully so), but he has a lot of work to do to compete at the NHL level. There are many goalies who flourish at the WHL level but can’t crack an NHL lineup. I wish the best for him and hopes he can make it one day.

With six goalies below Talbot and Koskinen, our depth is looking pretty strong. We may have a couple options in a few years for someone to take over the starting role from Talbot. Where do you see our goalie situation in a few years from now?

Skinner’s WHL Stats

Season Team Lge GP A PIM Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct GP A PIM
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 4 0 0
2016-17 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 60 3 2 3386 184 7 2 3.26 34 18 2 1749 0.905 20 1 4
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 26 0 2

 

  • NewPants

    Start them all!
    No one likes a three headed monster so make it an eight headed one.

    Goalies are hard to get so working all these prospects is good business. Hopefully more then one NHL starter in there.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      Yeah, that happens ONLY when the D & Talbot are off their game.
      Definitely not all the time… I will say though, that your right in that it’s a key indication of when he’s on & off his game & should be pulled the moment it’s noticed. Talbot IS our starting goalie as of now & should be.
      He was up in Vezina voting in our playoff year, if you’ll remember.

      • Spydyr

        So you are saying Talbot was off the entire season last year?

        He let in three goals in the last few minutes of a playoff game costing the team the series if you remember. Sure the last one should not have counted but the other two were legit goals. Talbot also let in five goals in a playoff game against the Sharks if you remember. He let in what 12 goals on first shots last year if you remember. He had the 57 best Save % last year if you remember.The 60th best GAA…….yeah I remember.

    • nbandito

      This bugged me big time last year as LB seemed to suffer from the same issue. Obv it’s something being taught to the goalies internally and hopefully they rectify it this summer.

  • Glencontrolurstik

    I just want to mention how great it is to read articles without having to read the mention of John Tavares. It’s just the media whipping up a frenzy. Everyone knows he’ll sign with Long Island & it’s just the same old trying to make the UFA deadline a spectacle, when it’s always “lunch-bag-letdown”.
    Thanks OilersNation…