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BLOG: From enemies to friendly competition

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Newcomer Viktor Fasth is expected to come in and provide not only goalie depth for the Edmonton Oilers but also some fiery competition for Ben Scrivens. Fasth was acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Tuesday for a 5th round pick in 2014 and a 3rd round pick in 2015. This trade came one day after Scrivens signed his two-year contract with the team. The Oilers feel their goalie tandem his solidified for the immediate future with two good options.

Fasth is very familiar with Scrivens, who is a former Los Angeles Kings netminder. The two each played for NHL teams based in California, making them rivals at one point.

“We were enemies when he played with the Kings,” Fasth joked today. “No, I know he’s a good goalie and he’s a great guy so I’m glad to meet him here and hopefully we can push each other to create big things.”

Fasth is eager to begin pushing Scrivens and provide competition to the Oilers roster.

“As a goalie, that’s what you want to give the team. That’s what you play for every day. You want to help out the team and play as solid as possible. But it’s a team sport. I mean, as a goalie, you rely on the players as well as the players rely on you. We all have to stick together and play for each other.”

Head Coach Dallas Eakins said that he told Fasth to prepare for his first start to be on Sunday, against the Kings. However, that is not set in stone.

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