Sometimes, the best way to find out about a player is to ask his former teammates. That's exactly what happened last night, when the Canadian Press (no author listed) approached Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick in regard to former teammate Ben Scrivens.
Quick: "He has done it all year, he did it with us too. I think he is just what this team needed here in Edmonton. He consistently gives you a solid effort and a chance to win every night. We put 50 shots on him and they still had a chance at the end there. For a few years now I think it is an area the Oilers needed improvement, not to knock the goalies they had before. The team defence could be better as well. But (Scrivens) has really stepped in since he came here and given them a chance to win every night.
This quote came shortly after Scrivens stopped 46 of 50 shots in a loss to the Kings. Edmonton's starter is beginning to remind old-timers like me of the great Gilles Meloche, who hung in for the California Seals during their very worst seasons.
EVEN-STRENGTH SAVE PERCENTAGE
The smart advanced-stats guys tell me that even-strength save percentage is the purest way to evaluate goaltenders (and over a long period, that reduces the noise). This season, among goalies we can call regulars or semi-regular goalies, Scrivens ranks in a 4th place tie. His Oilers EV SP number is .940, incredibly better in Edmonton than his time in LA.
Scrivens leads the NHL in overall save percentage.