Everyone knows Cam Talbot has a small NHL sample size. The former New York Rangers goaltender played in the shadow of Henrik Lundqvist under the lights of the big city.
When Lundqvist went down due to a vascular injury last season, Talbot was forced to step in and he did so extremely well. He went 16-4-3 in Lundqvist’s absence and posted a 2.16 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.
His performance led teams around the NHL to take notice. It also made him Edmonton’s top goaltending target this off-season. They managed to acquire the 27-year-old at the draft in a trade with the Rangers.
Oilers defenceman and captain Andrew Ference was one of the players to come away impressed by Talbot’s performance last season.
“I think like most guys in the league, you see Lundqvist go down and he played great,” said Ference. “For the first few games, you’re watching on TV and you’re kind of waiting for him to bend a bit. Obviously, when you’ve got a guy like Lundqvist you’re not going to see a lot of whoever is backing him up. When he kept playing well it was like, OK, he’s legit. He did really well for that team. He came in in pressure situations and big games to try and fill shoes like Lundqvist’s is not easy. I think it’s what really impressed everyone around the league about him.”
Talbot will compete for number one status in Edmonton this season