Ben Scrivens has only been a member of the Edmonton Oilers since January 15, but the goaltender has climatized himself well over the past few days.
“I think Ben, he communicates a lot with us,” said Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz. “Whether it’s during the play or on a tv timeout, he’ll be encouraging us a lot and it’s good. It helps us out a lot and we’re glad to have him back there.”
Scrivens has shown early on a devotion to earning ice time and fitting in with the new dressing room.
“I think the relationships are always important,” said Head Coach Dallas Eakins. “I was grabbing dinner by myself when we were on the road and I saw him walk in with like, seven other guys to the restaurant I was in so that was encouraging right away. As those relationships grow, you find that they’ll fight for each other a little bit more.
“I think he’s got… He’s an intelligent kid, he’ll get a real good barometer of our group real quick and I know he’s excited to play. The greatest thing he’s said so far is, after we made the deal, I called him and in two sentences he said, ‘I want to come in there and earn my ice time and I want to earn another contract.’ He knows where I come from on where you go about this.”
Scrivens is from Spruce Grove, AB and makes his first home start at Rexall Place tonight, as an Oilers goalie.
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