MONTREAL CANADA - DECEMBER 01: Kurtis Foster #26 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his first period goal with Sam Gagner #89 during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on December 1 2010 in Montreal Quebec Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
I was pretty happy when the Oilers signed Kurtis Foster. His deal was a slight overpay, but the team needed someone to take Sheldon Souray's place on the power play and Foster had credentials. My hope was that he was intended for the third pairing where his even strength flaws would be hidden for the most part. The Oilers had other ideas from the beginning as Foster talked about playing top four minutes from the minute he signed and Tom Renney threw Foster into the early season fire with Ryan Whitney.
Chance % Team Rank: 17/23
Chance % Def Rank: 7/8
Diff/60 Team Rank: 19/23
Diff/60 Def Rank: 7/8
TCF = season total even strength chances for; TCA = season total even strength chances against; SCF = segment even strength chances for; SCA = segment even strength chances against; Segment % = player scoring chance percentage during the season segment; Team Seg % = Oilers team scoring chance percentage during the season segment.
|Game #||TCF||TCA||SCF||SCA||Segment %||Team Seg %|
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|With Foster||Without Foster||Foster Without|
If Kurtis Foster is going to succeed, the Oilers are going to have to manage his responsibilities and time more effectively.