I don’t know anyone who cheers against Ben Scrivens, and in Edmonton—for a goalie—that’s incredible. Scrivens is a fine person, his causes are absolutely worthy, and he’s a thoughtful young man who uses his celebrity to further genuine conversation and debate. I cheer like hell for him.
He had a very bad year as a hockey player.
BEN SCRIVENS PLAYER CARD
- That was an ugly season. From game one through to the last one, complete disaster.
- Will they bring him back? Hard to say.
- Would you bring him back? Yes.
- Well, that’s it, fire him into the sun! Scrivens’ four seasons of college featured good SP’s (.911, .930, .931, .934) after year one and he had some interesting postings in the minors. Reading (ECHL) for 13 games (.938) followed by parts of three seasons with the Marlies (.924, .926, .917). That’s some consistent goaltending average to quality numbers. No one was surprised when he got a contract, Leafs won a bit of a bidding war for his services (with the Flyers).
- Bah! Either you stop the puck or you don’t! He’s got no heart! Thanks, Orval Tessier.
- You loved Scrivens, said he’d win the Vezina. Not quite.
- What did you say, then? I said (here) “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.” Source
- But his NHL numbers sucked. Well, no. After the college, ECHL an AHL numbers I posted above, Scrivens graduated to the NHL. In 12 games during 2011-12, he was .902; in 20 games in 2012-13 he was .915—that’s about average; in 2013-14, before coming to the Oilers, he was .931 in LA and then .916 after coming over during 2014-15.
- Still he was only above average for a short time in the NHL. True, he didn’t have a long resume. However, most fans (at the time of his signing) felt it was a reasonable bet.
- How wrong we were. He had a terrible year and may never get another chance, and that’s a fact. On the other hand, if you line all those seasons in a row, there’s really two (last year and NHL debut) that are so far below par you’d have to wonder about him as an NHL player. Ben Scrivens might have to try another city but someone will likely take a chance on him.
- Edmonton won’t let him near the crease again. I don’t think there’s any way to know.
- Why do you like him? Well, there was that record breaking game where he stopped 900 shots. Plus he seems like a decent sort, a good man. He has the courage of his convictions and his support of mental health was touching for anyone who was paying attention or has been impacted by it directly or indirectly.
- But that doesn’t have anything to do with performance in the NHL. Yes.
- What did Darcy McLeod find? Scrivens had one good year (Edmonton traded for him) and the other seasons were poor compared to the rest of the league in terms of adjusted save percentage. Darcy also stated on the Lowdown that goalies don’t get better with age (I agree with that) and we may have seen the best of Ben.
- So that’s it, flush Scrivens. There’s the matter of one more year on a contract. Edmonton could buy him out, and maybe they do. I’m guessing we see Ben Scrivens in TC and he’s 60/40 or better to be the backup in 2015-16.
- Then put him in the minors! Edmonton’s pro goaling depth chart is Ben Scrivens, Laurent Brossoit, Eetu Laurikainen and Ty Rimmer, who has an AHL contract. Suspect Scrivens makes the team unless Edmonton brings in two goalies.
- Think that happens? No. I think we’ll see PC acquire Craig Anderson or Corey Crawford or Antti Niemi. I believe we’ll see a famous goalie.
- Niemi is done. Maybe. We’ll know how Todd McLellan feels as soon as the UFA window opens. I think it’s wise for us to be open to any possibilities, but a famous name is more likely than Cam Talbot or Jhonas Enroth.
- I thought you liked the risky bet? Signing Niemi is a risky bet, too. I do like the idea of an early-to-mid 20’s G with a good track record, but don’t want to pay too dearly for it. I suspect Craig Anderson for cap relief is the likely deal, something like that.
- Then what? Scrivens is backup for a year. Coach up Brossoit, probably draft a solid prospect (Edmonton isn’t good at that, maybe Dustin Schwartz can help) and build for the day when one Brossoit or that draft pick can become No. 1G.
- Is Scrivens the great goaltending tragedy for Edmonton? No, the great goaltending tragedy for Edmonton is spending a decade training Minnesota’s starting goalie (hat tip to Bruce McCurdy for that line).
- Why this song? It’s just so beautiful. Ben Scrivens signed in good faith to play for the Oilers and planned on being part of the solution. He was not. That’s hard on someone, no matter how tough they are. I hope Scrivens has a peaceful summer, as untroubled as this song. And I hope he regains his career, as Dubnyk has done since leaving Edmonton. I also hope he can do it here, but goalies and happy endings haven’t been seen in these parts for a decade.