Stuart Skinner Earned His All-Star Votes

Edmonton Oilers Goaltender Stuart Skinner #74 Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Edmonton Oilers Goaltender Stuart Skinner #74 Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /
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Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner got voted in by fans to the NHL All-Star game. It was announced on January 19th that Leon Draisaitl and Stuart Skinner will be joining Connor McDavid down in Florida for the All-Star game.

Stuart Skinner will be splitting duties between the pipes with Vegas Golden Knights goalie Logan Thompson. These goalies aren’t who their respective teams thought would be their number one goalies, but here we are.

In Vegas, they would like to see Robin Lehner back starting games, but due to having hip surgery, he is unable to play, likely for the whole season. Here in Edmonton, we thought with the signing of Jack Campbell he would be the starter. He struggled early in the year, but Skinner came through during that time.

The Stats Say The Edmonton Oilers Goalie Should Be There

Being in his rookie season many people didn’t have Stuart Skinner starting many games, let alone taking over the number one role on the Edmonton Oilers. Things couldn’t have gone more opposite of that.

After Jack Campbell had some early season struggles, Stuart Skinner came in a took a big weight off the Edmonton Oilers by playing solid hockey. He has a 0.915 SV% and a 2.92 GAA. His save percentage is the best in the division and his goals-against average is 7th out of goalies who have played more than 10 games.

Goalie Statistics Table
Goalie StatsGoalie StatsGoalie StatsScoring
RkPlayerAgeTmGPGSWLT/OGASASVSV%
GAASOGPSMINQSQS%RBSGA%-GSAAGAPTSPIM
1Stuart Skinner24EDM27261310275880805.9152.9205.8154216.6155908.490110
2Logan Thompson25VEG33321913188995907.9122.7126.2194816.5001936.400002
3Lukas Dostal22ANA7623123254231.9093.5301.53915.8330951.100000
4Eetu Makiniemi23SJS2110133229.9062.1300.28411.00000000
5Adin Hill26VEG1716104142443401.9052.7102.59308.50031000.030002
6Daniel Vladar25CGY1816104448502454.9042.7502.810468.5001101-0.380002
7Joey Daccord26SEA1110044036.9004.0000.2600.00000000
8Collin Delia28VAN9743025243218.8973.1801.24724.5711108-1.950110
9Aaron Dell33SJS2202076861.8973.5900.31171.50000000
10Pheonix Copley31LAK1717133044424380.8962.7902.09459.5294109-3.780110
11Jacob Markstrom33CGY32321312587825738.8952.8203.7185014.4384111-8.730112
12James Reimer34SJS2626814485812727.8953.2613.7156513.5006110-7.970000
13John Gibson29ANA3231820412011381018.8954.1115.1175415.48410111-12.040228
14Martin Jones33SEA3330226389836747.8942.8433.7188016.5339112-9.690000
15Philipp Grubauer31SEA161548244411367.8933.1801.88309.6004113-5.010000
16Anthony Stolarz29ANA171036047426379.8904.0401.76981.1002116-6.590000
17Jack Campbell31EDM2422148174654580.8873.3502.413269.4095119-11.950112
18Jonathan Quick37LAK2623811482706624.8843.3412.414729.3915122-15.020002
19Thatcher Demko27VAN1515310256479423.8833.9301.68553.2005123-10.560004
20Spencer Martin27VAN26241112192749657.8773.8602.114318.3336129-20.940000
21Kaapo Kahkonen26SJS191959472550478.8693.8811.111135.2639138-19.820000
22Calvin Petersen28LAK10953234257223.8683.7500.55433.3333139-9.620000

Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/24/2023.

The numbers don’t lie. Skinner is one of if not the best goalie in the Pacific Division right now. That being said it is nice to see that Jack Campbell is starting to play well as the Edmonton Oilers are going to need both of them if they want to go on a deep playoff run.

Big Year For Stuart Skinner

Not only is the Edmonton Oilers goalie getting the nod for his first All-Star appearance in his rookie season he has had a lot of other good things happen to him this season so far. On December 19th Skinner signed a 3-year $7.8 million deal. That is in my opinion a good deal for both the Edmonton Oilers and Skinner.

On a more personal note Stuart Skinner, on January 14 become a dad to Beau Skinner. I would like to congratulate the Skinner’s on the birth of their son. I also liked the fact that he got to spend some time with his son. Neither the team nor Skinner seemed too urgent to get back in the game. There are lots of games in his career that he will play, but only one first kid.

Overall it has been a good couple of months for the Edmonton Oilers goalie. Hopefully, it keeps going and he is able to put some playoff wins under his belt and potentially hoist the Stanley Cup, but for right now I think Skinner is only looking forward to the All-Star Game on February 4th.

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