The Edmonton Oilers are going to have to wait at least a week before seeing netminding savior Ilya Bryzgalov take to the ice at the NHL level. He hasn’t really been playing so far this season, and his only time out on the ice appears to have been when he worked out with the ECHL’s Los Vegas Wranglers in the beginning of October.
So Bryzgalov isn’t in game shape at the moment and hasn’t seen a shot since practicing with the Wranglers according to the Edmonton Sun. As such, he’ll begin his campaign with the Oilers down in the AHL. The Oklahoma City Barons have three contests this week, and Edmonton’s new netminder is likely to see action in all three contests.
Bryzgalov spoke to Terry Jones of the Sun about his trek to Oklahoma to begin his season:
I am leaving in the morning. I think it’s going to be one week to get myself in good shape to go to Edmonton. I must play a couple games. If I’m not playing any games, I wouldn’t know what things to work on. Only the games show that.
He’s not even in an Oilers sweater yet, yet the philosophizing is already headline worthy. Much has been made about Bryzgalov’s comments about how Edmonton was “like the north pole” while he was playing elsewhere in his NHL career. Now, it’s apparently ironic in some way that he’s going to work there.
If journalists are already having a field day picking over Bryzgalov’s old material, it won’t be long until nearly every word he mutters is on the cover of every daily in Edmonton. This should be an interesting ride, to say the least. Even the Sun article refers to numerous things that have made the netminder YouTube famous in years gone by.