MacTavish | Dubnyk | Dubnyk full media scrum | Hendricks | Bob McKenzie on the trade
On trading Dubnyk:
"We really felt for everybody it was time for a change with Devan. I think this change is really going to benefit Devan as well. I think it’s been tough on everybody, and that includes our goaltenders. It's a fresh start for Devan, which is important for him. He’s a guy who’s always been a consummate professional for us."
On acquiring Scrivens:
"It gives us an opportunity to bring in another goaltender, Ben Scrivens, who’s had statistically a very good season so far. It gives us an opportunity to have a pretty good look at him going forward to see where he could possibly fit in on a longer-term goaltending plan."
MacTavish also talked about how Scrivens stepped up earlier this season for the Kings.
"He really emerged when Jonathan Quick went down to injury the first time. Ben came in and played outstanding in relief of Jonathan. He was making a case for himself as a number one NHL goaltender in those starts that he had. that caught everybody’s attention and what’s given him this great opportunity."
The Oilers GM touched on Scrivens' previous relationship with head coach Dallas Eakins.
"He played very well for Dallas and he’s got a shot to come in here and really establish himself in the National Hockey League. It was important that Dallas gave him the thumbs up in terms of his relationship with Ben."
On adding Matt Hendricks:
"Matt Hendricks has a lot of leadership ability and we need more veteran presence really highlighted by how Andrew Ference has been for our hockey club as well as Boyd Gordon and now we add another guy that has really good leadership and compete level.
"He’s a good penalty killer. He takes face-offs during the penalty kill. He’s an excellent face-off guy. He can play up your lineup. He can play on your third line and definitely can play on your fourth line. He’s been playing right wing in Nashivllle. Our pro scouts have had an eye on him for quite some time."
MacTavish | Dubnyk | Dubnyk full media scrum | Hendricks | Bob McKenzie on the trade
Matt Hendricks will wear number 23 for the Oilers and Ben Scrivens will wear number 30.
MacTavish | Devan Dubnyk | Dubnyk full media scrum | Matt Hendricks | Bob McKenzie on the trade
The Oilers have acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third-round pick. Oilers official press release:
General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for a 3rd round draft selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Scrivens, 27, has appeared in 19 games for the Los Angeles Kings this season, posting a 7-5-4 record, .931 save percentage, 1.97 goals against average, and three shutouts.
The 6’2”, 193-pound netminder has compiled a record of 18-19-6 in 51 career NHL games. He has registered a .917 save percentage, 2.54 goals against average, and five career shutouts.
The Spruce Grove, Alberta native spent the past three seasons in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, splitting time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and their affiliate Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and the ECHL’s Reading Royals.
Scrivens was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2010, after spending four seasons with Cornell University of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
"It's shocking. I think when a season goes this way, no one really feels safe and everybody accepts that there's a possibility of something happening but when it does it catches you off guard."
Dubnyk was looking forward to the opportunity in Nashville.
"It's been a crazy day for me but the more I sit down and think about it, it's just a fantastic opportunity for me to go to a real good hockey team and play some games and I'm really excited about that."
The goaltender also reflected on his time in Edmonton.
"It's probably better to ask me in a couple weeks when I come back (January 26) when I have time to sit down and think about it all. This organization gave me an opportunity to live my dream and play in the NHL and I'll always be grateful for that."
Hendricks, 32, has appeared in 44 games for Nashville this season, registering four points (2G, 2A) and 54 penalty minutes.
The Blaine, Minnesota native has spent time with the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, and Nashville Predators. Hendricks has accumulated 62 points (29G, 33A) and 419 penalty minutes in 307 career NHL games.
The 6’0”, 211-pound centre has recorded two points (1G, 1A) and 10 penalty minutes in 34 playoff games.
Hendricks was originally selected by Nashville in the 5th round, 131st overall in the 2000 NHL Draft.
TSN's Bob McKenzie talks about the CHL Top Prospects Game and gives his thoughts on the trade:
After the game, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins provided an update on the injury status of forward Ales Hemsky.
"He took a heater in the ankle. It was swelling up on him quite quickly. The early X-Ray doesn't show anything, but I think they'll have to delve a little deeper and get another look at it."
The Edmonton Oilers Director of Amateur Scouting Stu MacGregor is in Calgary watching some of the top prospects in the upcoming 2014 NHL Entry Draft compete against one another in the CHL BMO Top Prospects Game. He provided some insight to edmontonoilers.com and OilersTV on just what he was looking for this week.
“Just to see how the players perform,” he said. “There’s a bit of pressure for the higher-ranked players or any player that’s been invited because they’re one of the players that’s been identified by Central Scouting as being a top-end player. So, there’s pressure for the players to see how they react to it and see how they perform against all of the best players in the CHL.”
In addition to prospects like Aaron Ekblad, Leon Draisaitl and Sam Reinhart, there are many young players climbing the draft charts.
“There’s a lot of eyes on them. They know it and they want to perform well.”
“Obviously, you’re here to see the Reinharts, the Ekblads, the Virtanens, the Draisaitls,” MacGregor said. “They’re the high guys that are ranked by Central Scouting. But, there’s a lot of players that are moving on and up. Julius Honka from Swift Current has played extremely well, Aaron Irving is a player with the Oil Kings that’s preformed well this year and earned his opportunity and right to come here. Brayden Point, an add-on, has a great opportunity for him. He’s always been a highly skilled player that has an opportunity, due to an injury to Sam Bennett. These are the kind of guys that, they’re all great players and they all have their own positives that they’ll bring to the table and it’s a good opportunity for them to show everything they have.”
Gathering the top players in the CHL together on one sheet of ice is beneficial to scouting departments, like the Oilers, as they hope to gauge each young prospects’ compete level.
“I think it’s great advertising for the CHL but, at the same time, it’s also good because you get to see them all play against each other in a competitive environment. They’re all basically the same age, within one year, and they’re competing against top players and so you get an idea, all on one ice surface, of them showing their best against each other and you get a good, solid comparison.”
Specifically, MacGregor says the Oilers are there to look at players who can help the club within the next 2-3 seasons.
“In most cases, they’ll be competing to try out for your team in the next 2-3 years. That’s what you’re looking for. Players that are competitive, good hockey sense, good skills and that are going to show up and play hard.”
Some players who were not on Edmonton’s radar early, have made the case to get in on the discussion with strong 2013-2014 seasons, so far.
“That happens all the time. Players surprise with how well they’ve done. There’s probably a variety of players that it started out the year that you hadn’t considered, but have shown themselves to be excellent prospects.”
Martin Marincin has been getting progressively better in his current stint with the Oilers. The 21-year-old defenceman has played eight games on his recent call-up with a +3 rating.
“The kid’s shown a great amount of growth early. Usually when you get a call-up like that, a lot of times what happens is they give you a couple of good games and then everything settles down for them and they become not so effective. And you usually see them heading to the minors for some more seasoning,” Eakins began.
“But Marty’s gone the other way so far. He’s gotten better each night, he’s more comfortable, he’s not on the ice for a lot of chances against, which is encouraging.”
He played a career high 22:44 against Chicago on Sunday and was +2.
“He’s getting a taste of going out against some top players and he’s been able to handle them with his size and especially that good stick of his. We’re hopeful he continues the path of improvement every day.”
The Oilers have completed 48 games, which is the equivalent of what they had all of last year's lockout-shortened campaign. With 35 points, they are 10 points behind what last year's club had. Coach Eakins gave his thoughts on the year so far.
“Back in the summer, when this opportunity arose, one of the main decisions was the group of young players and an opportunity for them to grow with me and for me to grow with them.
“Probably the main thing for me was the organization and the people running it. That was probably the biggest deciding factor for me.
“I knew there was going to be some pain involved here but I didn’t think we’d have this many struggles. I think the main struggle of the season goes back to what I like to call the perfect storm early on. We are growing. I think I’m getting better as a coach. I think the core of our players are getting better. And I’m very hopeful that in a short amount of time we’ll look back on this first 48 games or this first season and understand that that adversity has prepped us for better days ahead.”
MONDAY VIDEOS: Dallas Eakins | Jesse Joensuu | Boyd Gordon | Devan Dubnyk | Audio
Jesse Joensuu met up with the team in Dallas after missing the past couple of games due to the flu. The practice on Monday was Joensuu's first with the team since coming down with the flu last Wednesday.
“It was a seasonal flu or something. I was sick for a couple of days. It started Wednesday when we had a game against St. Louis. Just the normal flu, I guess,” Joensuu remarked.
The Finnish winger added that he probably needed a few skates under his belt before he would feel ready to return to game action.
“This was the first skate and you could definitely feel like I had been off the ice for a couple of days,” he continued. “When you don’t skate for a couple days it feels like — a lot of the guys could probably tell you — it feels like you haven’t skated for half a year. It just takes one or two days.”
Coach Eakins added his thoughts on Joensuu, and also on Corey Potter who has been recovering from a groin injury and also skated on Monday.
“Jesse’s had the flu. Today’s been the first day he practiced so I’ll be hesitant to insert him. Potter’s been out for quite awhile. We think he still needs a little bit of work so we’ll basically stick with the same lineup.”