Oilers Top Prospects: Stuart Skinner


Past month our contributors served compile the Edmonton Oilers Best 10 Potential customers record. This month we’ll be wanting at just about every of those ten prospects in depth starting up with the tenth rated prospect, Stuart Skinner. Skinner, 18, was the 78th over-all decide (third spherical) in the 2017 NHL Draft.

At 6’4″ and 205 lbs ., Skinner has the excellent frame for an NHL goaltender. The question, nonetheless, is whether or not Skinner has the prospective to come to be a starting up goalie in the NHL.

Prospect: Stuart Skinner (G) Peak: 6’4”
Born: November 1, 1998 (18) Weight: 205 lbs
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB Catches: Still left
Acquired: 78th over-all (3rd Spherical) 2017 Club: Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

Stuart Skinner (Colin Moreland / Lethbridge Hurricanes)

Player Profile

On draft working day the Oilers moved up in the draft four places from 82nd to get Skinner who ended up remaining the fifth goaltender off the board. Edmonton packaged the third and fifth spherical picks they acquired from the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks respectively.

If you’re a person of those folks that like to keep track of trade trees, those were the picks the Oilers acquired in separate trades of Nail Yakupov and Philip Larsen. Since Edmonton did not increase a qualifying supply to Zack Pochiro, the other asset obtained in the Yakupov trade, Skinner is what remains from that deal.

That stated the 18-12 months-outdated is far far more than a consolation prize for Edmonton. As pointed out, Skinner’s a massive goalie, he covers a whole lot of internet, and could a person working day be a starting up goalie in the NHL. There are holes in Skinner’s game that he’ll want to patch up to stay up to those anticipations.

Some really feel he has weak rebound command, typically finds himself out of situation, and can be a minimal overzealous. People are some of the weaknesses that have brought his over-all upside into question with some scouts. But if you were to request some of his teammates about how important Skinner was to Lethbridge this season, you’d immediately uncover that he was a important piece for the Hurricanes.





2013-14 Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 4 5.17 .866
2014-15 Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 43 3.69 .909
2015-16 Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 44 2.73 .920
2016-17 Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 60 3.26 .905

Lethbridge finished with the third most factors in the WHL Jap Convention but came up shy in the Convention Remaining shedding to the Regina Pats. Skinner was sensational with a .916 preserve proportion during a 20 game playoff run.

That might not be tremendous incredible, but take into account that those were the best quantities for a goaltender among the closing four groups remaining in the WHL playoffs. As very well that was the next best preserve proportion among WHL goaltenders that played 10 or far more playoff game titles.

Prolonged Phrase Projections

Skinner might’ve taken a phase back during the standard season for the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes, but he bounced back in the playoffs. He was invited to Team Canada’s 2018 WJC advancement camp this summertime alongside with an additional Oilers goaltending prospect, Dylan Wells. The two will vie for a person of two places on Canada’s team subsequent December when the event kicks off.

Skinner’s competition will also be Michael DiPietro (Vancouver Canucks prospect) and Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers prospect). Hart is the only returning member who’s a goaltender and is the favourite to acquire the starting up work.

No matter Skinner will the moment once more be leaned on seriously by Lethbridge this season as they hope to make a run to the Memorial Cup. He’s continue to obtained an additional two seasons of junior eligibility, just after which he’ll graduate to the Oilers professional program. In the extensive time period, Skinner has competition with a out of the blue flourishing goaltending pipeline in Edmonton.

If the youngster can display consistency on a nightly basis, it would silence a whole lot of his critics. It’s a frequent situation with lots of younger prospects, but there’s loads of time for Skinner to figure it out. The future is quite vibrant for a person that could be the Oilers future starting up goalie in 7 yrs.

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