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Kings Trade Ben Scrivens to Oilers for a 3rd Round Draft Pick

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It was a busy day for the Oilers GM Craig MacTavish after he traded Devan Dubnyk for something worse than a bag of pucks. An hour after the Dubnyk trade it was announced that the Oilers had acquired Ben Scrivens from the LA Kings for a 3rd round draft pick.

This is an interesting move seeing that Ben Scrivens is an UFA at the end of this season and picking up a rental goalie at this point doesn't make a lot of sense since there is no way the Oilers will make a push for the playoffs this season. The only real advantage the Oilers have of resigning Scrivens is the fact that Scrivens is from Spruce Grove and he played for Dallas Eakins in Toronto, which lends a hand to Eakins isn't going anywhere soon.

The biggest thing about this trade is that I'm not 100% sold on Scrivens being any better than Dubnyk given this team's defensive holes. We'll see how quickly the fans turn on Scrivens when he isn't stopping all 70 shots against a night.

For what its worth here are Ben Scrivens' career numbers:

51GP 18W 19L 6OTL 5SOL 0.917SV% 2.54GAA

In LA his SV% was inflated to 0.931 and his GAA was 1.97 in the 19 games he played where he faced an average of 24 shots per game. In Toronto he was facing an average of 28 shots per game. Scrivens SV% drops to .910 and GAA rises to 2.91.