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Ty Rimmer, the little goaltender that could, has spent a rather lengthy spell with the Edmonton Oilers this preseason. Not only did he outplay Tyler Bunz and Olivier Roy, two familiar prospects in the pipe, but he has now apparently earned a contract with the NHL team’s minor league affiliate in OKC. This is an interesting signing.
Tyler Bunz and Olivier Roy not only have to battle each other for the number two spot in OKC, but now they both will compete with Rimmer. And although he has one game of pro experience, having played three straight WHL seasons with three different teams, Craig MacTavish and the Edmonton Oilers really liked what he offered.
It is entirely possible that a diamond in the rough goaltender like Rimmer could outplay two less-shiny prospects. It is also entirely possible that Rimmer lands in Bakersfield assuming his contract in the AHL is a two-way that includes the ECHL. Most of this nature are. Either way, there are now four very interesting and pretty diverse goaltenders with the Oklahoma City Barons this week. Richard Bachman, Tyler Bunz, Olivier Roy, and now Ty Rimmer – the room is getting crowded.
I like competition, and if this spurns Bunz/Roy towards greatness then so be it.
Rimmer is an Edmonton guy by birth, and he has been pretty successful in the junior ranks. 65 starts a season ago with a losing record, but a SV% of .912, and an appearance in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs, all point to a pro prospect worth taking a chance on.
“Obviously, management here is watching every day so I need to perform. I need to treat practices like they are game situations, because that’s it for me right now. It’s a tryout and it is an evaluation. We had been talking to the Oilers for a long time and being a goalie, you really have to look at the depth and where I might fit in better. I felt that was Edmonton.”
He knows his role, and what he might bring to the organization, and while I don’t entirely have a good grasp on where he might land, I certainly won’t count him out in OKC. You shouldn’t either.