Could Oilers Be On Verge Of Adding New Goalie To The Squad?

The Edmonton Oilers got back into the win column for a couple of games before the Christmas break, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their goaltending issues have gone away. Stuart Skinner and Calvin Pickard have delivered mixed results, and Jack Campbell continues to struggle in the minors.

But it just so happens that Campbell is sharing the net in Bakersfield with possibly the next addition to the Oilers goaltending roster, 24-year-old prospect Olivier Rodrigue. In fact, with his sensational play this season, The Hockey News has insisted that the Oilers should be calling up their top goaltending prospect anytime now, declaring him ready for an NHL opportunity.

Per Bob Stauffer, Rodrigue has made 4 starts for the Condors in the last 8 days, and has gone 3-0-1 with a goals against average of 1.99 and a save percentage of an equally incredible .942. Overall this season in 10 starts, he holds a 2.09 GAA and an AHL-leading .938 Sv%.

Rodrigue was a second-round pick by the Oilers in 2018, No. 62 overall. Last season At Bakersfield, he held a 2.77 GAA and a 912 Sv%.

But in his last 20 starts in the AHL, he sports a .933 Sv%. Certainly seems like this guy is ready and now it’s only a matter of when. Yes, the Oilers have been mentioned as suitors for the various netminders available on the trade market thus far, but with a top prospect right there in the system, it might behoove them to give Rodrigue a shot. 

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