Goalies are often more famous than warranted, and Jonas Gustavsson is way more famous than his actual NHL production has earned him. Part of it came from the team who originally signed him—Toronto—and part of it came from the press release. Brian Burke: “Jonas is considered by many to be the best goaltender not playing in the NHL today. He has a unique combination of size and agility and we’re excited to add a player with his potential to our roster.” Source (My Way)
JONAS GUSTAVSSON 15-16: 24GP, 2.72 .908
- Well. Yep. Pretty famous goalie.
- Why is he famous? Why is he famous?
- Why did they sign him? Probably because he is 6.04 and they thought the new goalie pads would be part of the 2016-17 season. This is the bookend decision to the Taylor Chorney draft pick—you may recall Edmonton picked Chorney at a time when the NHL general managers all agreed that holding and interference would be called all the time. Small D like Chorney would flourish!
- Didn’t work out that way? Uh, no.
- Do you know why they signed him? No. There is no obvious reason one can point to at this time. His .908SP trails NHL average (.915) by quite a bit and he is 32 in October.
- What about even-strength save percentage? He was at .914, that trails Talbot’s .920. Talbot finished No. 20 among goalies with 40 or more starts, Gustavsson finished No. 22 among goalies who started between 20 and 39 times.
- That isn’t terrible. Sure, but who builds their team on that mission statement? There were better options available to the Oilers—in fact, Jhonas Enroth was available until recently.
- So what are they up to? Well, they clearly like the Monster.
- You don’t like the Monster? I don’t really understand the Monster.
- Cover. Cover? There is no cover here
- Gustavsson can cover for Talbot struggling!!!! I am not certain Gustavsson is a better goalie than Brossoit, let alone being able to cover for Talbot. This is a bit of a head scratcher for me.
- Why? The numbers have never been crazy good for this player.
- Do the Oilers know something? I don’t think so, no. They don’t have a hidden card trick here, pretty sure.
- You are being harsh about this player. I mean, there has to be something in the resume for us to suggest he is going to be a substantial player in Edmonton. It isn’t there. His NHL resume is not outstanding, and I wonder how long he would have had to wait if the Oilers didn’t sign him.
- You think they like Brossoit enough to sign a lesser backup? I think we could be seeing that exact scenario play out this fall. Yes. Glad you mentioned it.
- Someone in the organization likes Brossoit that much? I think Brossoit would have been up by Christmas if MacT was still in charge.
- And MacT has Chiarelli’s ear? We have no way to know.
- Is he better than Nilsson? No proof.
- Is he better than Fasth? No proof.
- Is he better than Brossoit? I don’t believe there is any evidence.
- Then why do you have Gustavsson playing 19 games? The general manager chose him for a reason. Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean the Oilers haven’t found something they like about him. The one thing I will say is this: I doubt they flush the season on this bet. They will find a replacement if this goes sideways.
- Did they sign him because size and new equipment and Lou was rumored to like him? Yeah. Probably.
- Will Chiarelli add a goalie early if Gustavsson struggles? Yes. I believe he will.
- Why? The Oilers organization has to turn north. Go down gambling.
- Why this song? It fits him. He isn’t Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr, but he is kind of a guy who ran with the Rat Pack and maybe had a role in Ocean’s 11. Yeah. That’s it. He is Peter Lawford. I don’t really know why he is so famous, but he is. It begins to occur and then Angie Dickonson shows up and the mind wavers. As an aside, Paul Anka can write a song.
RE 16-17: 19GP, 2.95 .905