NHL Notebook: Is Stuart Skinner Now Edmonton Oilers’ Goalie, Jacob Cicciron Returns & More
Did Stewart Skinner take over as Edmonton Oilers’ goalie?
I think he’s close and the way the Oilers use him makes me wonder. In what the team should have won Saturday night against the Vegas Golden Knights, it was Skinner who got the nod. He deflected 31 of the 34 shots he faced, keeping them in that game.
Now, tonight, Skinner is ready to take on the New Jersey Devils in a tough road game. He faced them earlier in November and blocked 39 of 43 shots in the Oilers’ 4-3 loss, and now he’s getting a shot at redemption.
These are some big games and the Oilers seem to be trusting Skinner to take it.
I talked about it more back in the day Oil leak.
Jakob Chychrun is set to return to the Arizona Coyotes lineup Monday night and trade talks will certainly pick up at some point.
He returned to the lineup after undergoing off-season surgery on his wrist that forced him to miss the first 16 games of the season. He’s coming off a 2021-22 season that saw him score seven goals and 21 points in 47 games, and there’s a good chance he’ll be back on the Powerplay today.
Times are strange in Seattle. After finishing fourth in the draft to Shane Wright, the team has barely played its rookie season. He’s tied in just seven games this season, playing more than 8:42 in a game just once.
And over the weekend, the club sent him to their AHL affiliate, the Coachella Valley Firebirds, for a conditioning job.
Not much has changed since October 26th, and now Wright is stuck in the shadow world waiting for the best way forward. Unlike most prospects his age, he had no consistency – other than inconsistency – from the start. For a kid his age, this is a terrible developmental path, but it’s hard to argue about anything better right now. He got close to 100 points last year as a draft-eligible candidate – can he really gain anything against rookies?
This is why the AHL is such a small temporary hiatus. But like any hiatus, it’s temporary, allowing him to play up to five games in a maximum of 14 days. Fourteen days from Sunday is December 5, two days after a possible fifth game he could play with the Firebirds. On December 6, the Kraken plays Montreal—the team most people expected to pick—which won’t be embarrassing or anything.
Except that he’s not likely to return to Seattle. At least right now.
The most likely scenario is that Wright attends Canada’s training camp for the World Junior Championships from December 9-12. That’s not ideal, especially after Wright and Kraken agreed that focusing on NHL training camp was more important than chasing gold over the summer in the rescheduled tournament. Canada won the gold and didn’t really need Wright, but imagine what he’d do for a team that likely has Conor Bedard, Adam Fantelli, and Logan Stankoven at quarterback – after Wright gets a taste of the NHL run.
The last thing you need is for your young star to lose confidence. One of the best ways for a young potential player with a lot of potential to lose confidence is to sit outside while you watch your teammates thrive. Winning the snowboard gold with Canada could do wonders for him.
What will happen next is the bigger question. Did they bring him back to Seattle? Will he even have a place left for himself? Will he return to Kingston, or another OHL team via trade? Wright’s situation is complicated because he might still be too good to go back to the junior level, but the agreement with the CHL prevents him from going to the AHL full-time. But he wasn’t working in Seattle, and injuries aside, he’ll likely end up again on the sidelines.