We talked about Viktor Fasth three years before MacT pulled the trigger, and now he’s an Edmonton Oiler. Starter? Yes. Backup? Yes. Yes he is. Did Edmonton pay too much for him, or did they grab a useful player from a team overloaded at the position for just picks.
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- Is Fasth a good goalie? He has some nice things on his resume but is not a proven NHL player. He played well for the Oilers upon arrival. He’s signed for one more season, at $2.9 million which is perhaps a little dear but not insane.
- Is he talented enough to win the job away from Scrivens? Yes. I think so. It’s important to remember he was battling injury a year ago. The rest of his NHL hockey card is solid, if unproven.
- Which goalie do you like more? I’m convinced on Scrivens, and like Fasth just a hair less. I think that’s reflected in the estimated GP, which is pretty close to even for Scrivens and Fasth.
- Who will we be talking about next spring? I pray baby Jesus it’s Scrivens and Fasth.
- Meaning they will have played well. Yes.
- How would you describe Fasth’s style. Puck stop guy. Butterfly, but a bybrid. He follows the puck like a hawk. A bloody mirror, he is.
- Goalie descriptions haven’t progressed over the years. Well, they don’t say ‘goaler’ anymore but it’s kind of a mystery.
- Like the depths of the ocean? More like a Ouija board.
- What was the injury? Lower body during pre-game warmup in maybe November. I don’t know what it was, ‘muscle inflammation’ was mentioned.
- You like the bet? Sure. I don’t know that there’s any real way to say which of these goalies will end up number one, but my sense is that Fasth may not have been completely right, despite playing well as an Oiler. It’ll be fun to see him in the fall.
- Oilers paid a lot. Well they gave up a fifth-round pick in 2014 (Matthew Berkovitz) and a third-round pick in 2015.
- That could be the 61st pick? If it is, we’ll be talking about a lot more than two new goalies.
- Can we get to your RE estimation for goals? Sure, as you’ll recall we had 226 goals for in the 2014-15 season.
- Now where are we? Scrivens total is 113, Bachman’s is 6 and now we have 97 for Mr. Fasth. That’s 216.
- The Oilers are +10 GF-GA!!!!! No.
- Empty net goals? Yes. Eakins’ Oilers let in 10 this past season, but they were out of the game many times by third period late. So, I’m going to estimate a slight increase, and suggest we post 12 EN goals. That was the highest total one year ago.
- So, it’s 226-228 for the Oilers? Yes.
- That’s a tremendous improvement. Well, the Oilers have some things going for them compared to last season. The looks allowed by the swarm were absolutely deadly, coverage should be better. It’s a more veteran crew on defense and on the wings, that’s a positive. The goaltending tandem is better, with two potential No. 1′s in Edmonton from the start. Eakins is a smart guy who learned a lot, and they hired Craig Ramsay who is probably the best candidate for what need’s fixing here in the entire NHL.
- Still, they’re allowing 39 fewer goals. Well, I think improved play on breakouts, et cetera will add up quickly. Edmonton allowed 183 5×5 goals a year ago, the most in the entire league. I think that number will be drastically reduced this summer. Edmonton would have finished 21st in the NHL a year ago if they had allowed 228 goals. The last time Edmonton finished 21st in GA? They were 19th in Ralph’s year. Last time they allowed 270 goals? Pat Quinn’s year. I’m betting this will be a better year.
- Will they make the playoffs? We’ll discuss it during the Dallas Eakins RE.
- Why this song? It’s one of my favorites from Joni Mitchell. It’s so simple, beautiful melody, and I like her voice here because it’s melancholy. The lyric sounds like it’s a real event in real time. Her gift is she saw it, and turned it into a beautiful song about keeping your feet on the ground and realizing luck and timing have you in a special place, and you should not forget it. JT’s guitar and brief backup singing add to it. It’s a gorgeous song. In this version, she then tells why Neil Young wrote Sugar Mountain, and why she wrote The Circle Game as an answer.