Ben Scrivens can stop pucks. In any NHL city, that makes him magic. In Edmonton, that makes him a witch. Scrivens current save-percentage for the Oilers is .940 over seven games. Playing in front of a ragtag bunch of defenders who at times resemble the Python “race for people with no sense of direction” skit is Herculean.
Scrivens, who visually personifies the phrase “mild-mannered” when in street clothes, is a helluva goaltender. Canadians don’t know much about goaltenders, except that we don’t know much about them and we’re screwed if our NHL team doesn’t have one. Scrivens is the most popular man in Edmonton today, he’s signed and willing to stand in front of Sharks, Kings, Ducks, Trains and Planes and Automobiles. Secretly, we think he’s crazy but he’s really smart and has an excellent vocabulary so maybe we can find him a teaching job in Morinville after the hockey ends.
A GOOD MOVE BY MACT
A lot has gone wrong this season, but the deal for Scrivens and now the contract are on the plus side of MacT’s ledger. The pick (currently 92nd) is probably years from helping and that’s if the player makes it. Edmonton should make that kind of deal all day.
I count this as MacT’s third playoff-quality addition to the roster since summer:
- Added C Boyd Gordon as a free agent
- Deal for L David Perron
- Acquired and then signed Scrivens
Added to Marincin’s callup that makes four areas of clear improvement. Question: how many solid moves per year does a GM have to make in order for his non-playoff team to become a playoff team? Adding these three to the #1 overalls and other draft pick/trade additions who are onside, Edmonton looks like this for 2014-15:
- Goal: Scrivens
- Defense: Petry, J Schultz, Marincin
- Center: RNH, Gordon
- Left Wing: Hall, Yakupov
- Right Wing: Eberle, Perron
How many more playoff-calibre moves does MacT need to make this summer?
(Scrivens deal is $2.3M times two, a solid signing)