Jack Campbell Stays An Oiler
This is by far the most unlikely outcome, but there is still the chance that Jack Campbell will start to play well in the AHL and get another chance on the NHL club. After getting a chance if he plays at least average hockey and can be a serviceable backup to Stuart Skinner, then there is a chance he could stay.
As I said above, there is a chance this will happen, but the more games he plays in the AHL the more unlikely it looks like he will be able to turn his career around. Through 9 games played with the Bakersfield Condors Campbell’s stat line has been pretty unimpressive.
The Oilers still need to find some reliable help for Stuart Skinner in net, with increasing speculation linking them to Elvis Merzlikins in Columbus.
His 3.22 GAA and 0.894SV% make him the worst of the three goalies that have played this season for the Condors. The fact that Campbell isn’t even the best goalie on an AHL team does not look good for him to come back to the NHL any time soon.
The fact that Calvin Pickard has played solid is also making it hard for Campbell to come back to the Edmonton Oilers. In Pickard’s last start against the New Jersey Devils, he laid down a 0.962SV% and was a major part of the win.
If Campbell was able to bring his game back to an NHL level and he did end up getting called back up there is still no promise that he would still be an Oiler after next offseason anyway. Paying a backup $5 million is not ideal in a cap scenario.
The only way that the $5 million hit will become a non-issue is if Skinner’s game falls off a cliff and Campbell becomes the full-time starter. If that happens though the Edmonton Oilers will likely have bigger fish to fry as they will likely not be a playoff team.