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Edmonton Oilers player review and 2023-24 preview: Stuart Skinner

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Photo credit:© Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Laing
6 months ago
Welcome to the 2022-23 season review and 2023-24 season preview player-by-player! In this and other articles, we’ll be, well, reviewing the 2022-23 season of Edmonton Oilers players and previewing their 2023-24 season. You can read about the analytics behind my analysis here.
Welcome back, Stuart Skinner.
After a great start to the season last year for the Oilers filling in for a struggling Jack Campbell, Skinner’s game began to trail off towards the end of the year and into the playoffs. While the workload for him was significant — something he’s well adapted to, given his status as a workhorse in the past — the NHL grind is a different game.
In the playoffs, Skinner struggled in the crease, and the Oilers struggled in their zone. It led to his playoff numbers being significantly lower than his regular season numbers.
What lies ahead is an intriguing season for Skinner. He should be the Oilers’ number one guy, but Jack Campbell posted a .971 save percentage across three pre-season starts this year, forcing himself back into the starting goalie conversation. We saw Skinner start 48 games to Campbell’s 34 last year, but is there a world where we see both goaltenders hover around the 41-win mark as a true 1A/1B situation? It’s likely.
Campbell is paid as the starter and Skinner the backup, but the Oilers don’t view the salaries as any level of determining factor in who their No. 1 is. It’s a sum of parts rather than two individual numbers. And after all, the $7.6-million Edmonton has invested in their goaltending is right around, if not just below, the league average mark.

SKINNER’S CAREER SO FAR

Regular SeasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLgeMinGAENSOGAAWLTSvsPctGPGAASv%SOW-L
2013-14Lethbridge HurricanesWHL19717005.170301100.866
2014-15Lethbridge HurricanesWHL2327143313.691320514300.909
2015-16Lethbridge HurricanesWHL2238102532.732710111730.9243.760.86201-3
2016-17Lethbridge HurricanesWHL3386184723.263418217490.905203.090.916010-10
2017-18Lethbridge HurricanesWHL173798743.38141508560.897
2017-18Swift Current BroncosWHL143364222.6816616800.914262.20.932616-10
2018-19Wichita ThunderECHL2260119543.161514711110.903
2018-19Bakersfield CondorsAHL36218002.994201310.87942.390.91802-1
2019-20Bakersfield CondorsAHL2267125513.311617610320.892
2019-20Wichita ThunderECHL18211003.62210930.894
2020-21Edmonton OilersNHL605005.03100330.868
2020-21Bakersfield CondorsAHL178771222.3820917530.91462.680.90704-2
2021-22Edmonton OilersNHL73432012.626603350.913
2021-22Bakersfield CondorsAHL208877552.2122758860.9252.820.91102-3
2022-23Edmonton OilersNHL2903132012.732914514040.914123.680.88305-6
NHL Totals
22.7436205123.680.88305-6

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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