It could be suggested that he earned the spot or simply that he landed there as a process of elimination. Think what you will but yours truly prefers to lean towards the former as Ben Scrivens earned the backup job in Los Angeles behind Jonathan Quick.
The news became official when it was announced that the Kings released Mathieu Garon this weekend but nothing should be taken away from Scrivens.
While his 7-9-2 record last season wasn’t anything that jumped off the stats page, Ben Scrivens’ contributions helping the Toronto Maple Leafs get back to the postseason was just as significant had he gone 20-10-0 instead.
When he was acquired with Matt Frattin for Jonathan Bernier, I referred to Ben Scrivens as the “wild card” of said trade and I stand by that.
He may not be making Jonathan Quick sweat for his job but the Spruce Grove, Alberta native certainly brings enough to the table where he should easily be just as reliable a backup as Bernier was, if not more.
He may not have had a preseason for the ages but Ben Scrivens enters the 2013-14 campaign as the Kings’ number-two man in net. In addition, with a better, more experience defensive unit in front of him, the 27-year-old should hope for better numbers this season, maximizing on the limited ice time he will have in the coming months.
In addition to his 7-9-2 record last season, Scrivens posted a 2.69 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
He may not be the face of the franchise but expect Ben Scrivens to quickly become a fan favourite in Los Angeles as his inexpensive $550,000 salary this coming season will let the Kings and their fans breathe easy as the former Leaf will be burning the candle at both ends to earn his stripes this season for a bigger payday next season and beyond.