Edmonton Oilers

Stuart Skinner nominated for 2023 Calder Memorial Trophy

The Edmonton Oilers had reliability in net for much of the 2022–23 season and he came in the form of backup-turned-starter Stuart Skinner. Now as the Oilers are about to start the second round, they received good news for their rookie goaltender. Skinner was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy among the league’s top rookies for his goaltending performance.

Skinner’s goaltending stats

The 24-year-old netminder played 50 games in the 2022–23 season finishing with a 29–14–5 record. He had 2.75 goals against and a 0.913 SV%. With this, he broke the Oilers’ franchise records for most wins by a rookie goaltender. Skinner played a huge role in the Oilers finishing second in the Pacific Division.

Notably, the Edmonton-born goalie recorded his first shut out and first playoff win both against the Los Angeles Kings. He will start in net tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights as the Oilers advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Skinner also joined teammates Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl at the NHL All-Star Game as voted by fans.

Oilers have never had a Calder Trophy winner

Skinner may be the first Oiler to win the Calder Trophy. He joins McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as previous nominees for the coveted rookie award.

The other nominees this year include Seattle Kraken’s Marty Beniers and Buffalo Sabres’ Owen Power. The winner will be announced on June 26 at the 2023 NHL Awards.

Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire

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