Oilers Ink Skinner to ELC
Edmonton Oilers have signed 2017 Draft pick Stuart Skinner to a three-year entry level deal, the organisation confirmed on Monday.
Skinner, who was selected 78th overall by the Oilers last summer, started the year with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, but was traded to Swift Current Broncos in January in a deal that also moved forwards Giorgio Estephan and Tanner Nagel.
The 19-year-old posted a .914 save percentage in 25 regular season games for the Broncos following the switch before backstopping the Saskatchewan side to their first WHL championship since 1993, registering a .932 save percentage in 26 playoff games with six shutouts.
Skinner and the Broncos will now advance to the 2018 Memorial Cup Final in Regina, Saskatchewan, where they will face the hosting Pats, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and the Hamilton Bulldogs.
A native of Edmonton, Skinner joins Cam Talbot, Al Montoya, Mikko Koskinen, Shane Starrett and Dylan Wells as goaltenders under contract for the Oilers through 2018/19.
24-year-old Nick Ellis, who spent the bulk of last season with Bakersfield in the AHL, is a pending restricted free agent, whilst Laurent Brossoit is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Despite reasonable AHL numbers (.912 save percentage in 29 games played), it is reportedly unlikely that Brossoit will be retained after struggling behind the porous Oilers defence last season, with the 25-year-old posting a .883 save percentage in 14 NHL appearances.
Edmonton has already moved to shore up it’s goaltending during this offseason, signing Koskinen to a one-year, $2.5 million deal on May 1.
The 29-year-old Finn enjoyed five successful seasons in the KHL, firstly with Sibir Novosibirsk and then SKA St. Petersburg, with whom he won two Gagarin Cups.