The Oilers are comfortable, as they should be, with Cam Talbot between the pipes. With every performance like Friday night’s 40-save shut out of the Vancouver, Talbot solidifies his number-one role with the Oilers that much more.
Talbot has managed a 7-2-1 record in his last starts and boasts a .948 save percentage in that stretch. As the 2015-16 season comes to an end, one must think the Oilers would be confident in placing Talbot in a 60-70-start role next season. The Oilers would be confident in his ability to handle a heavy workload but would want to make sure his 40-shot nights are limited.
“It’s not just about me and my team, it’s our team, the coaching staff and the players,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “I think you could line them up tonight in order by numbers and I think every one of them will tell you they feel really good when 33 is in the net. I echo those thoughts. 60-70 games? We’ve got to make sure we keep this guy alive.
“We’ve had some good nights where we’ve had 22-23 shots against, but you put three or four 40-shot games in a row, it’s taxing on him. We also have to be aware we’re trying to develop a real young, good goaltender (Laurent Brossoit) as well.”
Talbot signed a three-year extension with the Oilers on January 17.