The Leafs continued their offseason stockpiling of goaltenders today, announcing that they have signed College free agent Ben Scrivens to a one year contract.
Scrivens compiled an impressive 21-9-4 record with Cornell last year, with a .934 save percentage. Â He was also a top ten Hobey Baker finalist.
According to TSN, It is expected that Scrivens will challenge for playing time on the Toronto Marlies.
More after the jump.
From Garret Bauman:
Great move. There is no such thing as having enough goaltending. Philadelphia this past season is proof enough of that.
For those worried about where these guys will play, you have to remember four things:
(1) None of the prospects (Scrivens, Rynnas, Reimer, Engelege) have been deemed NHL-ready. Reimer and Rynnas are closest of the four. The development time will serve them well.
(2) Giguere is only under contract for one more season. In 2011-12, the plan will presumably be for one of Scrivens, Rynnas and Reimer to challenge for a spot in the NHL alongside Gustavsson (Engelege likely projects to be a career minor-leaguer, but I am hoping he surprises). Competition brings out the best in players, so keep an eye on who emerges next season.
(3) The Leafs are covered in the event of either a poor training camp by somebody, or more likely, any sort of injury situation that affects their goaltending corps.
(4) The Leafs have moveable assets now as well. Given the new signings, a guy like Reimer may become a desireable asset for teams looking for youthful goaltending depth toward the trade deadline or prior (will be RFA at the end of the 2010-11 season).
If anything, this signing speaks volumes of the importance of having a good coaching staff, as Rynnas and Scrivens both turned down teams with less depth to have a chance to further develop their games via Allaireâ€™s guidance.
Alex Tran adds:
If Reimer, Rynnas and Scrivens all show they can play at the AHL level, I wonder if Burke will loan one of them out to another AHL club.