Cam 3:16, Plus All The Goalies Who Have Dressed For The Oilers Between Talbot and Salo
First and foremost, Iceman comething so hard right now. He’s doing things we legit have not seen in about 15 years of Oilers’ goaltending. His 37th win of the season just passed Tommy Salo’s record from the 2001 season for 2nd in a single season in franchise history. And all these shenanigans as well:
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 21, 2017
First back-to-back shutout wins by EDM since Dec. 7-8, 2002.
— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) March 21, 2017
That last one wasn’t even by a single goaltender, it was Markkanen and Salo on back-to-back nights. And basically I’m here to tell you that it would be a national travesty if Cam Talbot does not receive a Vezina nomination this year. It’s him, Bob, Holtby, and Dubnyk down the stretch. He’s 1st in games played by 6. He’s 8th in save percentage, 2nd in shutouts, and 11th in GAA. He hasn’t allowed a goal in over 140 consecutive minutes. That’s an Oilers goalie!! Remember this?:
And especially this?!?!:
We don’t do or know great goaltending. That’s not our thing, not since at least Salo or Cujo, and one brief stretch of hockey where Roli played like the goaltending Jesus. Good goaltending was Kipper shutting us out for the third time in eight starts. Good goaltending was scoring one goal in about nine consecutive meetings against Niklas Backstrom or Josh Harding or Dwayne Roloson or Manny Fernandez or whoever was playing in net for Minnesota at the time. Good goaltending was listening to 8,000 Canucks fans at Rexall go fucking “Louuuuuuuuuuuuuu” every time Bob Luongo made a routine save in the third. Edmonton hasn’t seen this high quality of goaltending since before iPhones were born, and yet here we are. We are blessed with one of the league’s best goalies. Top five for sure, top three in my eyes. One more time before we dig into it:
Now then, I figured we’d look back at all the Oil’s goaltending greats that have dressed for the fellas between Tommy Salo’s ’01 season and Cam Talbot’s present-day league-wide crusade to honour the Iceman’s passing of the Viking’s old second place record, sorted by games played as an Oiler:
Some random facts:
- In 2013-14 (2 B.C.) we used six goalies (Dub, Scrivens, Bryz, Fasth, Laboobies, and Bachman)
- None of them were very good
- That year, we also dressed two goalies who did not play in a game (Laurent Brossoit and Kurtis Mucha) bringing our total to eight goalies dressed in a single season of hockey
- The NHL record is nine, set by Buffalol in the failed McTank year
- Iceman’s numbers are particularly incredible when you put them beside every goalie that’s played for us since the Chrétien administration
- Gerber is a huge outlier there, which is mind-blowing, considering our regular defensemen that season were Whitney, Foster, Vandermeer, Peckham, Gilbert, Smid, and Petry.
- Sorry, Bunzy
- Dick Bachman, man, love that guy
- Khabbi is 5th in starts the last 15 years, he was signed to be our starter
- Gun to your head: LaBarbera or Gustavsson?
- Nobody fluctuated like Ben Scrivens… one game he’d make 59 saves, the next an errant stick from the 2nd deck would hit him in the face and he’d drop like a Call of Duty headshot
- Only five of those 22 goalies are still in the NHL (Talbot, Dubnyk, Brossoit, Nilsson, Bachman*)
- *Sort of
- We’ve had 15 goalies play in at least one game for us since 2010, which has to be the most, or at least right up there with Buffalo
- Pretty sure Jeff Deslauries still lives in St. Vegas, and if so, hell ya
Long story short: Long live the Iceman… and long may he reign.