There was a noticeable difference in the Edmonton Oilers hockey team once general manager Craig MacTavish solidified the goaltending by trading for Ben Scrivens (and eventually Viktor Fasth). Oilers winger David Perron was on Oilers Now with the team’s colour analyst Bob Stauffer on Tuesday afternoon and he talked about the Scrivens trade and how his confidence was clearly evident.
“As soon as he came in from L.A. you could see the confidence that he had with his game,” Perron said. “When he replaced (Jonathan) Quick when he went down early in the year, he did a really good job there and it gave him confidence. He’s a guy that’s battling every single practice, every single save he wants to make it. It’s funny, sometimes I just shoot pucks in the net when we shoot around before practice and he’s pulling them out. As he’s pulling them out, he still doesn’t want to get scored on. He’s trying to knock them down with his stick and he gets frustrated. It’s a pretty good atmosphere that we’ve got, goalie-wise. Adding Viktor (Fasth) is kind of the same mentality, he doesn’t want to get scored on. I think it’s awesome that you see guys like that who work so hard in practice and want to be better.”
Scrivens will join Perron in representing Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus in May.