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Reverse Mailbag: Do you trust Stuart Skinner and Calvin Pickard?

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Liam Horrobin
1 month ago
Welcome back to the Reverse Mailbag!
Every week, I post a link to five questions on my Twitter account (@LiamHorrobin). By responding, you could be featured in this piece. The Reverse Mailbag will come out every weekend with your thoughts on the Edmonton Oilers and other topics from around the NHL.
This time, I’ve asked about playing Warren Foegele in the top six, whether you trust in the Oilers’ goaltending tandem, and touched on a whole lot more trade speculation.

Should Edmonton play Warren Foegele in the top six more often?

If he can stay consistent – Geeks
Second line with Leon. Let’s let RNH-97-18 be. – Browndalorian
Yes – Matt Coulter
Warren can skate and hit and has size and tenacity. Finishing is correlated to confidence and given a chance, yes, but like many players given top 6 opportunities, the moment they fail to finish, they are demoted. He can, but he should be given five games to find out. – DanielByTheLake
I’m at 100% if you can’t get a top six RW. Ken Holland could check down and get some depth, and Foegele is serviceable in the top six in spot duty. – Lance Kane
Only in necessity – Sherwood Trooper
Most definitely – Andy Pandy

What would you trade to acquire Jake Guentzel?

If he has a dog, I’ll volunteer to dog sit 24/7 – Geeks
Bourgault, Nemo, a first, and Ceci – Browndalorian
First rounder, Lavoie, and Foegele. I am not sure how the money works. A 3rd to someone else to retain half? – Matt Coulter
Not Broberg. With the coming contract scenarios, we cannot afford him unless we trade away a top six forward. – DanielByTheLake
I don’t know, but it starts with a first. Personally, I don’t see how the money works. But it is possible – Lance Kane
Never going to happen – Sherwood Trooper

Do you trust Stuart Skinner and Calvin Pickard?

Skinner yes, Pickard. Meh. I’m not sure how he can handle the tough teams. – Geeks
It depends on the day, but I’d like to see the Oilers get Fleury just for some backup stability come playoffs. – Browndalorian
I’d like to see Calvin Pickard start consecutive games. Not in back-to-backs, just consecutive. – Matt Coulter
My biggest concern. Trusting them is trusting the team to play top-shelf defence consistently. I like them both, but I am nervous about Skinner’s ability to start a four-series run, as he has shown that after five to seven games, he loses his “focus.” You can also say the same about his teammates on their defensive responsibilities. It is a correlation of trust between them both that go hand in hand. – DanielByTheLake
To me, Skinner is Elite. He will get the Conn Smyth – Lance Kane
We should give Pickard more games, Stu is being overworked, and it’s showing in recent games. – Sherwood Trooper
Yes – Andy Pandy

Who’s a player nobody talks about that you’d like to see the Oilers acquire?

Sidney Crosby 😉 – Geeks
Justin Schultz and Anthony Duclair – Browndalorian
Sean Durzi. – Matt Coulter
I am not that knowledgeable about other players, per say. I liked Gregor’s Nic Dowd and Beck Malenstyn idea. We need help on 4th line for sure. I know it’s not in the cards but I’d love to see a Parayko for Ceci trade of some kind. It’s the only scenario I might part with Broberg and a pick for… – DanielByTheLake
I think not enough people are discussing Detroit. I know it’s ken holland but I think the wings will miss again. And they have a ton of defence. Might be a one stop shop for depth – Lance Kane

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