Ken Holland and the Edmonton Oilers have made a clear effort to upgrade their goaltending situation, signing Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (5x5mil) and adding Calvin Pickard (1x750k) for some organizational depth.p
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Ken Holland signed former 11th overall draft selection of the Dallas Stars, Jack Campbell to a 5 year, $25 million contract to come in as the Oilers starting goalie next season. The Michigan native had a long journey through the ECHL and AHL before making the jump to the NHL in a full time job in 2018 with the LA Kings. Soupy, as he became known in Toronto, posted a .914 save percentage with a 10 goals saved above expected. Ken Holland expects Campbell to be the Edmonton Oilers starter next season, alongside likely backup Stuart Skinner.
Stuart Skinner emerged last season as a viable backup goalie option for the Edmonton Oilers, posting an impressive .913 save percentage in his 13 games this season. Skinner has emerged through the Oilers AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, to become the future of Oilers goaltending. Stew, as he’s know being called to complete the “Soup and Stew” tandem nickname, was drafted in the 2017 3rd round by Edmonton but had only played one game for the club coming in to last season.
Oilers GM Ken Holland signed Calvin Pickard to come in as the Edmonton Oilers 3rd string goalie for the upcoming season. The 8 year NHL vet brings much needed experience and stability to the Oilers crease. While I don’t expect Pickard to play much next year, he brings a solid option to replace one of the Soup and Stew combo if there is any injury. Pickard only started one game last year in Detroit posting a .947 against the Penguins.
Edmonton Oilers Season
This season will be the first time since the Cam Talbot era that the Edmonton Oilers will have a full time starter going into the season. Hopefully with consistency in net the Oilers will find success.