There’s quite a bit of sticker shock for Oiler fans tonight, the cost of the goalie solution (short and long) was greater than thought, and the names are neither sexy or stable. It is a decidedly ‘unusual’ night. Let’s have a look at the players acquired:
EVEN STRENGTH SAVE PERCENTAGE
- 2010-11: .931 (Phoenix)
- 2011-12: .921 (Philadelphia)
- 2012-13: .907 (Philadelphia)
Dubnyk trailed in 2010-11 (.921) but took over in 2011-12 (.927) and 2012-13 (.922) and one would think he’ll post a better number this season despite the dreadful start. Bryzgalov is apparently a one-year hire at less than $3M (haven’t seen the number yet, only guesses), and he probably considers this an outstanding opportunity to win back a starting NHL job. The stats suggest he’ll lose the battle, but that’s a nice payday and he’s going to get at-bats.
For the Oilers, it’s a low risk item (if he sucks, he sucks—the Oilers have seen bad goaltending before) and we’ve discussed it as a possibility (here) in the recent past. I’m seeing a lot of anger over the addition, but this pickup is no more risky than the Expos grabbing Dennis Martinez’ off the scrap heap 25 years ago. It probably won’t work, but if he hangs 5 losses on the Oilers is anyone going to be ruined? The Oilers stayed with Dubnyk until the season was lost, now it’s open audition time. We could see three or four more goalies run through here in the next months.
- NHL career: 82, 5-13-18
- AHL this year: 13, 2-5-7
If there’s a guy who we’ll look back on and be surprised about, this is it. I’ve always liked Horak (honestly) and see him as a superior player to most of the depth players employed currently by the NHL team. If he ends up this season as a 4line forward, no one should be surprised. He’s 22, he can take and make a pass (underrated skill and the Oilers need more of them) and has time to develop into a player. We may never hear of him again, but he could end up helping them.
EVEN STRENGTH SAVE PERCENTAGE
- 2010-11: .887 (WHL)
- 2011-12: .914 (WHL) (tied for 5th overall)
- 2012-13: .917 (WHL) (6th overall)
I know this player well, he backstopped the Oil Kings to a WHL championship and came close to doing it two years in a row (his post-season sp’s are in the .930′s). I think he’s the best goalie prospect in the system since Dubnyk, and will be very interested to see where he plays this season. I’d also estimate he was a key element (along with cap room) in the Smid deal.
Pickard is a big goalie who plays the butterfly style. Uses his size to cover a lot of net, but could use better quickness. Is tough mentally. – Ulf Andersson, EP 2013
Former first round selection of the Nashville Predators, I like the pickup based on that alone (Preds are goalie whisperers). Had a .918 save percentage with Djugarden of the Swedish Allsvenskan last season.
The Oilers cashed a veteran in Ladislav Smid and the return is mostly unknown to us; it is worth noting that Smid’s availability comes as a direct result of another unknown MacTavish acquisition (Anton Belov) and we should be prepared for more defensive movement as we near the trade deadline.