Ben Scrivens doesn’t look like a hero when he’s wearing street clothes. He looked like Superman when he donned the blue and orange of the Edmonton Oilers, and will be cast in a lead role again this season—probably.
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- Raised on Robbery? It was only a matter of which goalie. I chose Scrivens because he’s the likely starter to my eye.
- Was he a good acquisition? He made a huge difference, even for fans. I didn’t have that sense of impending doom nearly as often, and there were actual days of sunshine. Ben Scrivens was good for Edmonton’s mental health in the spring.
- What were his overall numbers? 40GP, 2.55 .922 for the year. Quality totals.
- .922 is very good. Tied for 11th in the NHL.
- What was his EV SP? .927.
- Was the trade good value? Yes. 63rd overall pick for your starting goalie? All day.
- LAK might get a very good player from that draft pick. Well, they dealt it for Marian Gaborik and won Stanley. So, yeah.
- Who made the 63rd pick? Detroit got the pick from CBJ and used it on Dominic Turgeon.
- What if Scrivens doesn’t work out? MacTavish made a very good bet. Scrivens has a wonderful opportunity here, my guess is he grabs it.
- Some Oiler fans aren’t convinced of him. Some Oiler fans aren’t convinced of Taylor Hall.
- Are you completely convinced of him? Scrivens worked hard to get himself into this position, and has been rewarded for it with a contract and a number one job. If it doesn’t work out, it’s still a good bet. This is an experienced goaltender by age, and his performances in the NHL so far indicate quality.
- What is he getting paid again? Two years times $2.3 million dollars.
- Why do you like him so much? I’ve actually followed Scrivens going back to his days at Cornell. He was the goalie during Riley Nash’s career there, so anyone who followed the Big Red could tell you Scrivens was a helluva goalie. That team didn’t score a lot but Scrivens kept them in games.
- Your numbers above are wildly optimistic. Maybe. the one area I can be accused of being that way is the number of shots Edmonton will give up this season (per game). A year ago, it was 32.9, and I’m projecting it to be 31. The improvement is based on all kinds of things, not the least of which is more experienced defense. I’d be even more comfortable with that number if MacT could grab an experienced center and a two-way winger.
- But you believe there will be improvement? Yes. I think Scrivens and Fasth will be less busy.
- Scrivens had a .922 SP last season, you’re expecting a dive? In his 21 games here, Scrivens had a .916 save percentage. He was solid at evens (.922) but struggled on special teams. I’ve nicked him some there, but overall I think he’ll be average or a little above with the Oilers.
- And this is GOOD? Yes. I think it would be unrealistic to project Scrivens at .922 with the Oilers. He did that at evens, but not on special teams. We’d need to see more, to have him establish it as a level of ability.
- But if he’d stayed in LA? He might have had the same season. I think save percentage is pure, or close to, so it’s about Ben Scrivens here. We’ll see how he performs this season, and .922 would be awesome, but .917 is a little bump from last year without being too aggressive in our estimation of him as a goalie.
- I think it should be .920. I hope it will be .920. We’re trying to find reasonable here, and projecting goaltenders (as we saw last season with Dubnyk) is not exactly an established science. However, he’s in what should be his prime, and he had a good run with the addled Oilers. So, I’m projecting about the same level for Scrivens, and for the team to improve.
- This is a great song. Fabulous, one of the best hockey songs ever. ‘A little money riding on the Maple Leafs’ is basically what english Canada did every Saturday night of my youth. It’s a fun, rocking little record. It fits Scrivens like a glove.