Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan is treating the team’s goaltending competition like a baseball manager would treat their pitchers in training camp and pre-season. He wants to give Cam Talbot, Ben Scrivens and Anders Nilsson all time in pre-season so they can get into the flow of things.
“We’ve got to give them the chance to find the rhythm, feel good in the net, their movement, their motion, get their confidence level up,” said McLellan. “Pitchers usually don’t evolve until well into training camp. We need to get each of these pitchers, or goaltenders, a chance to feel that a little bit. We’ll now go full games. Cam will start tonight and then Ben will get a game and Anders will get a game as well. We’ll go full games unless something is going wrong or injuries, but that’s what the plan is. So by the time we get through to Sunday, each of them has experienced a full game. They’ve had half games now, they’re starting to feel a little bit better in the net and then we’ll just keep working on it.”
So Talbot will start against the Jets tonight, while Scrivens and Nilsson will each play one of the games in Winnipeg on Friday and in Saskatoon (vs. Minnesota Wild) on Saturday.